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Alzheimer Disease — Treatment

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person's functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living. Scientists don't yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer's disease in most people. There is a genetic component to some cases of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Late-onset Alzheimer's arises from a complex series of brain changes that occur over decades. The causes probably include a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. The importance of any one of these factors in increasing or decreasing the risk of developing Alzheimer's may differ from person to person. Because of this lack of understanding of the root cause for Alzheimer's Disease, no direct treatment for the condition is yet available. However, this bibliography specifically searches for the idea of treatment in conjunction with Alzheimer's to make it easier to track literature that explores the possibility of treatment.

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RevDate: 2021-01-22

Turkez H, Cacciatore I, Marinelli L, et al (2021)

Glycyl-L-Prolyl-L-Glutamate Pseudotripeptides for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

Biomolecules, 11(1): pii:biom11010126.

So far, there is no effective disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in clinical practice. In this context, glycine-L-proline-L-glutamate (GPE) and its analogs may open the way for developing a novel molecule for treating neurodegenerative disorders, including AD. In turn, this study was aimed to investigate the neuroprotective potentials exerted by three novel GPE peptidomimetics (GPE1, GPE2, and GPE3) using an in vitro AD model. Anti-Alzheimer potentials were determined using a wide array of techniques, such as measurements of mitochondrial viability (MTT) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release assays, determination of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), α-secretase and β-secretase activities, comparisons of total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and total oxidative status (TOS) levels, flow cytometric and microscopic detection of apoptotic and necrotic neuronal death, and investigating gene expression responses via PCR arrays involving 64 critical genes related to 10 different pathways. Our analysis showed that GPE peptidomimetics modulate oxidative stress, ACh depletion, α-secretase inactivation, apoptotic, and necrotic cell death. In vitro results suggested that treatments with novel GPE analogs might be promising therapeutic agents for treatment and/or or prevention of AD.

RevDate: 2021-01-22

Nieraad H, de Bruin N, Arne O, et al (2021)

Effects of Alzheimer-Like Pathology on Homocysteine and Homocysteic Acid Levels-An Exploratory In Vivo Kinetic Study.

International journal of molecular sciences, 22(2): pii:ijms22020927.

Hyperhomocysteinemia has been suggested potentially to contribute to a variety of pathologies, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). While the impact of hyperhomocysteinemia on AD has been investigated extensively, there are scarce data on the effect of AD on hyperhomocysteinemia. The aim of this in vivo study was to investigate the kinetics of homocysteine (HCys) and homocysteic acid (HCA) and effects of AD-like pathology on the endogenous levels. The mice received a B-vitamin deficient diet for eight weeks, followed by the return to a balanced control diet for another eight weeks. Serum, urine, and brain tissues of AppNL-G-F knock-in and C57BL/6J wild type mice were analyzed for HCys and HCA using LC-MS/MS methods. Hyperhomocysteinemic levels were found in wild type and knock-in mice due to the consumption of the deficient diet for eight weeks, followed by a rapid normalization of the levels after the return to control chow. Hyperhomocysteinemic AppNL-G-F mice had significantly higher HCys in all matrices, but not HCA, compared to wild type control. Higher serum concentrations were associated with elevated levels in both the brain and in urine. Our findings confirm a significant impact of AD-like pathology on hyperhomocysteinemia in the AppNL-G-F mouse model. The immediate normalization of HCys and HCA after the supply of B-vitamins strengthens the idea of a B-vitamin intervention as a potentially preventive treatment option for HCys-related disorders such as AD.

RevDate: 2021-01-20

Nagy EN, Ali AY, Behiry ME, et al (2021)

Impact of Combined Photo-Biomodulation and Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Function and Quality-of-Life in Elderly Alzheimer Patients with Anemia: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

International journal of general medicine, 14:141-152 pii:280559.

Purpose: Few data are available on the positive impact of photo-biomodulation (PBM) using low-level laser therapy as a complementary treatment for improving the cognitive function and optimizing the hemoglobin (Hb) level and oxygen carrying capacity in anemic elderly patients and consequently improving the quality-of-life. The present study aimed to evaluate a new, safe, and easy therapeutic approach to improve Alzheimer's disease-related symptoms that interfere with the whole life activities and social interaction of elderly patients.

Patients and Methods: In this placebo-controlled clinical trial, 60 elderly patients suffering from anemia and mild cognitive dysfunction were randomly assigned into two equal groups to receive active or placebo low-level laser in addition to a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise over a 12-week period. Hb level as well as cognitive and functional tests were reassessed for any change after 12 weeks of intervention.

Results: By the end of this study, both groups showed significant improvements in Hb level, Montreal Cognitive Assessment Scale (MoCa - B basic), Quality-of-Life for Alzheimer's Disease scale, and Berg Balance scale scores along with significant reduction in body mass index (BMI) and waist-hip ratio (WHR) (P<0.0001). The experimental group which received active low-level laser in addition to moderate-intensity aerobic exercise showed more significant results compared to the control group which received placebo low-level laser in addition to moderate-intensity aerobic exercise in all the measured outcomes (P<0.001).

Conclusion: Combined low-level laser therapy and moderate-intensity aerobic exercises are more effective in improving the cognitive function and quality-of-life of Alzheimer's disease patients.

Clinical Trial Registration: www.ClinicalTrials.gov, identifier NCT04496778.

RevDate: 2021-01-20

Guan X, Zhang L, Li X, et al (2021)

Effectiveness comparisons of acupuncture treatments for vascular dementia: A protocol for systematic review and network meta-analysis.

Medicine, 100(2):e24079.

BACKGROUND: Vascular dementia (VD) is the second most common form of dementia in the world. Acupuncture therapy has been widely used in clinical treatment. Based on the available evidence, we will rank different acupuncture therapy to determine the most effective acupuncture therapy.

METHODS: We will search the following database, including PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Database, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database and Chinese Scientific Journals Database database, in order to collect randomized controlled trials on acupuncture in the treatment of VD. We will use Stata 14.2 and WinBUGS 1.4.3 software for Bayesian network meta-analysis and finally evaluated the level of evidence of the results.

RESULTS: This study will compare and rank the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of vascular dementia. Outcome indicators included Alzheimer Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive section and Mini-mental State Examination, Activity of Daily Living, Blessed dementia scale, Hastgawa Dementia Scale, and adverse events.

CONCLUSION: Our study will provide support for clinical practice.

INPLASY REGISTRATION NUMBER: INPLASY2020110088.

RevDate: 2021-01-19

Sperling R, Henley D, Aisen PS, et al (2021)

Findings of Efficacy, Safety, and Biomarker Outcomes of Atabecestat in Preclinical Alzheimer Disease: A Truncated Randomized Phase 2b/3 Clinical Trial.

JAMA neurology pii:2774863 [Epub ahead of print].

Importance: Atabecestat, a nonselective oral β-secretase inhibitor, was evaluated in the EARLY trial for slowing cognitive decline in participants with preclinical Alzheimer disease. Preliminary analyses suggested dose-related cognitive worsening and neuropsychiatric adverse events (AEs).

Objective: To report efficacy, safety, and biomarker findings in the EARLY trial, both on and off atabecestat treatment, with focus on potential recovery of effects on cognition and behavior.

Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2b/3 study conducted from November 2015 to December 2018 after being stopped prematurely. The study was conducted at 143 centers across 14 countries. Participants were permitted to be followed off-treatment by the original protocol, collecting safety and efficacy data. From 4464 screened participants, 557 amyloid-positive, cognitively normal (Clinical Dementia Rating of 0; aged 60-85 years) participants (approximately 34% of originally planned 1650) were randomized before the trial sponsor stopped enrollment.

Interventions: Participants were randomized (1:1:1) to atabecestat, 5 mg (n = 189), 25 mg (n = 183), or placebo (n = 185).

Main Outcomes and Measures: Primary outcome: change from baseline in Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite score. Secondary outcomes: change from baseline in the Cognitive Function Index and the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status total scale score. Safety was monitored throughout the study.

Results: Of 557 participants, 341 were women (61.2%); mean (SD) age was 70.4 (5.56) years. In May 2018, study medication was stopped early owing to hepatic-related AEs; participants were followed up off-treatment for 6 months. Atabecestat, 25 mg, showed significant cognitive worsening vs placebo for Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite at month 6 (least-square mean difference, -1.09; 95% CI, -1.66 to -0.53; P < .001) and month 12 (least-square mean, -1.62; 95% CI, -2.49 to -0.76; P < .001), and at month 3 for Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (least-square mean, -3.70; 95% CI, -5.76 to -1.63; P < .001). Cognitive Function Index participant report showed nonsignificant worsening at month 12. Systemic and neuropsychiatric-related treatment-emergent AEs were greater in atabecestat groups vs placebo. After stopping treatment, follow-up cognitive testing and AE assessment provided evidence of reversibility of drug-induced cognitive worsening and AEs in atabecestat groups.

Conclusions and Relevance: Atabecestat treatment was associated with dose-related cognitive worsening as early as 3 months and presence of neuropsychiatric treatment-emergent AEs, with evidence of reversibility after 6 months off treatment.

Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02569398.

RevDate: 2021-01-18

Liss JL, Seleri Marques Assunção S, Cummings J, et al (2021)

Practical Recommendations for Timely, Accurate Diagnosis of Symptomatic Alzheimer's Disease (MCI and Dementia) in Primary Care: A Review and Synthesis.

Journal of internal medicine [Epub ahead of print].

The critical role of primary care clinicians (PCCs) in Alzheimer's disease (AD) prevention, diagnosis and management must evolve as new treatment paradigms and disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) emerge. Our understanding of AD has grown substantially: No longer conceptualized as a late-in-life syndrome of cognitive and functional impairments, we now recognize that AD pathology builds silently for decades before cognitive impairment is detectable. Clinically, AD first manifests subtly as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to AD before progressing to dementia. Emerging optimism for improved outcomes in AD stem from a focus on preventive interventions in mid-life and timely, biomarker-confirmed diagnosis at early signs of cognitive deficits (ie, MCI due to AD and mild AD dementia). A timely AD diagnosis is particularly important for optimizing patient care and enabling the appropriate use of anticipated DMTs. An accelerating challenge for PCCs and AD specialists will be to respond to innovations in diagnostics and therapy for AD in a system that is not currently well positioned to do so. To overcome these challenges, PCCs and AD specialists must collaborate closely to navigate and optimize dynamically evolving AD care in the face of new opportunities. In the spirit of this collaboration, we summarize here some prominent and influential models that inform our current understanding of AD. We also advocate for timely and accurate (ie, biomarker-defined) diagnosis of early AD. In doing so, we consider evolving issues related to prevention, detecting emerging cognitive impairment, and the role of biomarkers in the clinic.

RevDate: 2021-01-19

Al Mamun A, Rahman MM, Zaman S, et al (2020)

Molecular Insight into the Crosstalk of UPS Components and Alzheimer's Disease.

Current protein & peptide science, 21(12):1193-1201.

The ubiquitin (Ub)-proteasome system (UPS) targets various cellular proteins for degradation. It has been found that defects in the UPS play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), as the existence of Ub immunoreactivity in AD-linked neuronal inclusions, including neurofibrillary tangles, is observed in all types of AD cases. Current investigations have shown that components of the UPS can be connected with the early stage of AD, which is characterized by synaptic dysfunction, and to the late phases of the disease, marked by neurodegeneration. Although the significance of UPS in the pathogenesis of AD has been emphasized, targeted treatment at the main components of these pathways has a great perspective in advancing new therapeutic interventions for AD. In this review, we emphasize the relationship between UPS and AD pathology. We also represent the recent therapeutic advancements targeting UPS components in AD.

RevDate: 2021-01-19

Shaikh S, Nazam N, Danish Rizvi SM, et al (2020)

Anti-Amyloid Aggregating Gold Nanoparticles: Can they Really be Translated from Bench to Bedside for Alzheimer's Disease Treatment?.

Current protein & peptide science, 21(12):1184-1192.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by deposition of amyloid-β protein aggregates and an appropriate treatment strategy is urgently needed, as the number of diagnosed cases continues to increase. The management of AD and other brain-associated diseases is limited by the blood brain barrier and its selective control of drug passage. In fact, most of the promising drugs have restricted curative effects on AD owing to their lower bioavailability. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have emerged as attractive therapeutic agents and have distinctive properties that could contribute to the development of a novel treatment strategy for neurodegenerative disorders. In this review article, we attempt to identify promising ways of developing competent AD therapeutic agents from anti-amyloid aggregating AuNPs. Initially, we discuss the current status of anti-amyloid inhibitors, the abilities of AuNPs to inhibit amyloid aggregation, and mechanistic aspects, and then describe plausible modifications that could aid the translation of AuNP-based therapeutics into neuromedicines. The review highlights some interesting characteristics that might effectively bridge the gap between laboratory and bedside treatments.

RevDate: 2021-01-15

Tabrizian K, Amelinia F, Belaran M, et al (2021)

Tadalafil Reversed H-89 - and Scopolamine - Induced Spatial Learning Impairments in Male Rats.

Drug research [Epub ahead of print].

Accumulated evidence shows that the cAMP and cGMP signaling pathway plays an important role in memory function and neuronal plasticity. Phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) is a hopeful therapeutic target in AD (Alzheimer disease), and PDE5 inhibition may be a good therapeutic strategy for the treatment of AD. In the present study, the four-day bilateral intra-hippocampal infusion of H-89 as a protein kinase AII inhibitor (10 µM/side) and intra-peritoneal injections of tadalafil (20 mg/kg) and scopolamine (0.5 mg/kg) alone and also on combination on spatial learning in Morris water maze (MWM) were investigated. DMSO and saline were used as controls for H-89 and other mentioned drugs, respectively. Rats were trained for 4 days; each day included one block of four trials. Post- training probe trial tests were performed on day 5. Administration of H-89 and scopolamine led to a significant impairment in spatial learning compared to their related controls. But, combination of tadalafil/H-89 or tadalafil/scopolamine reversed H-89 or scopolamine- induced spatial learning deficits in MWM. Taken together, these results showed the probable regulatory effects of cGMP on cholinergic and cAMP/PKA signaling pathways in co-administrations of these mentioned drugs on spatial learning in MWM.

RevDate: 2021-01-15

Wang C, Zhang M, Garcia G, et al (2021)

ApoE-Isoform-Dependent SARS-CoV-2 Neurotropism and Cellular Response.

Cell stem cell pii:S1934-5909(20)30602-0 [Epub ahead of print].

ApoE4, a strong genetic risk factor for Alzheimer disease, has been associated with increased risk for severe COVID-19. However, it is unclear whether ApoE4 alters COVID-19 susceptibility or severity, and the role of direct viral infection in brain cells remains obscure. We tested the neurotropism of SARS-CoV2 in human-induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) models and observed low-grade infection of neurons and astrocytes that is boosted in neuron-astrocyte co-cultures and organoids. We then generated isogenic ApoE3/3 and ApoE4/4 hiPSCs and found an increased rate of SARS-CoV-2 infection in ApoE4/4 neurons and astrocytes. ApoE4 astrocytes exhibited enlarged size and elevated nuclear fragmentation upon SARS-CoV-2 infection. Finally, we show that remdesivir treatment inhibits SARS-CoV2 infection of hiPSC neurons and astrocytes. These findings suggest that ApoE4 may play a causal role in COVID-19 severity. Understanding how risk factors impact COVID-19 susceptibility and severity will help us understand the potential long-term effects in different patient populations.

RevDate: 2021-01-14

Hashimoto Y, Kusakari S, Nawa M, et al (2021)

Restoration of the reduced CLSP activity alleviates memory impairment in Alzheimer disease.

Translational psychiatry, 11(1):44.

Calmodulin-like skin protein (CLSP), a secreted peptide, inhibits neuronal death in cell-based Alzheimer's disease (AD) models and transgenic overexpression of the CLSP gene suppresses synaptic loss and memory impairment in AD model mice, APPswe/PS1dE9 double transgenic mice (APP/PS1 mice). Despite the anticipated role of CLSP as an AD-suppressing factor, it remains unanswered whether the insufficiency of the CLSP activity is linked to the AD pathogenesis. In this study, we first show that adiponectin, a CLSP potentiator/protector, dominantly determines the CLSP activity in the central nervous system where there are sufficient concentrations of CLSP, higher concentrations of CLSP inhibitors such as apolipoprotein E, and smaller concentrations of adiponectin. We next show that both the levels of brain adiponectin and the intraneuronal levels of SH3BP5, an important effector of the CLSP signal, are reduced in both AD patients and APP/PS1 mice. Finally, the restoration of the CLSP activity by subcutaneous injection of a hybrid peptide named CLSPCOL consisting of CLSP(1-61) and the collagen-homologous region of adiponectin, which has more potent neuroprotective activity than CLSP, is insensitive to the suppression by the CLSP inhibitors, and is efficiently recruited into brains, alleviates dementia and synaptic loss in the aged APP/PS1 mice. Collectively, these results suggest that the reduction in the CLSP activity, likely caused by the reduction in the levels of adiponectin, leads to the insufficient protection of neurons from neurotoxicity in the AD brains and the restoration of the CLSP activity is a promising strategy for the treatment of AD.

RevDate: 2021-01-14

Yao X, Sun C, Fan B, et al (2021)

Neurotropin exerts neuroprotective effects after spinal cord injury by inhibiting apoptosis and modulating cytokines.

Journal of orthopaedic translation, 26:74-83.

Background/objective: Spinal cord injury (SCI) severely and irreversibly damages the central nervous system. Neurotropin (NTP), a nonprotein extract obtained from inflamed rabbit skin inoculated with vaccinia virus, is a drug that has been used for more than sixty years to alleviate neuropathic pain. It also reportedly exerts a neuroprotective role in peripheral nerves and in response to various central nervous system diseases, such as brain injury and Alzheimer disease. However, whether NTP promotes SCI recovery remains unknown. This study evaluated NTP's effects after SCI and explored its underlying mechanisms in a rat contusion model of SCI.

Method: NTP was intraperitoneally administered to adult female Wistar rats subjected to contusion-induced SCI. Functional recovery was evaluated with behavioural scores and electrophysiological examinations. Tissue recovery was assessed with magnetic resonance imaging as well as histological staining with haematoxylin and eosin and Luxol Fast Blue. Neuronal survival and gliosis were observed after NeuN and glial fibrillary acidic protein immunofluorescence. Levels of apoptosis were demonstrated with TdT-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) staining, Caspase-3 and B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) Western blot, and Annexin V/propidium iodide flow cytometry. A protein antibody chip analysis was performed to evaluate the expression levels of 67 rat cytokines.

Results: NTP treatment improved the hindlimb locomotor recovery of the injured animals as well as their electrophysiological outcomes after SCI. A dosage of 50 NTP units/kg was found to optimize the efficacy of NTP. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed that lesion sizes decreased after NTP treatment. The haematoxylin and eosin and Luxol Fast Blue staining showed significant increases in the amount of spared tissue. The NeuN and glial fibrillary acidic protein immunofluorescence revealed that NTP treatment increased neuronal survival and reduced gliosis in tissue samples obtained from the lesion's epicentre. That NTP inhibited apoptosis was confirmed by the decreased number of TUNEL-positive cells, level of Caspase-3 expression, and number of Annexin V/propidium iodide-positive cells, as well as the increased level of Bcl-2 expression. The protein array analysis identified 28 differentially expressed proteins in the NTP group, and the gene ontology (GO) analysis showed that the enriched differentially expressed proteins implicate janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK-STAT) signalling pathways. The expression levels of proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 6, thymus chemokine-1(TCK-1), and lipopolysaccharide-induced CXC chemokine (LIX) decreased after NTP treatment, whereas the levels of prorepair cytokine hepatocyte growth factor and adiponectin increased.

Conclusion: Our research provides evidence that NTP can improve functional outcomes and alleviate secondary injury after SCI by inhibiting apoptosis and modulating cytokines.

The multicomponent NTP might have broad target spectra in SCI pathophysiology and halt the secondary injury cascade. As a safe drug that features sixty years of clinical use as an analgesic, translating this demonstrated efficacy of NTP to addressing SCI in human patients may potentially be accelerated.

RevDate: 2021-01-11

Moscoso A, Grothe MJ, Ashton NJ, et al (2021)

Longitudinal Associations of Blood Phosphorylated Tau181 and Neurofilament Light Chain With Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer Disease.

JAMA neurology pii:2774467 [Epub ahead of print].

Importance: Plasma phosphorylated tau at threonine 181 (p-tau181) has been proposed as an easily accessible biomarker for the detection of Alzheimer disease (AD) pathology, but its ability to monitor disease progression in AD remains unclear.

Objective: To study the potential of longitudinal plasma p-tau181 measures for assessing neurodegeneration progression and cognitive decline in AD in comparison to plasma neurofilament light chain (NfL), a disease-nonspecific marker of neuronal injury.

This longitudinal cohort study included data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative from February 1, 2007, to June 6, 2016. Follow-up blood sampling was performed for up to 8 years. Plasma p-tau181 measurements were performed in 2020. This was a multicentric observational study of 1113 participants, including cognitively unimpaired participants as well as patients with cognitive impairment (mild cognitive impairment and AD dementia). Participants were eligible for inclusion if they had available plasma p-tau181 and NfL measurements and at least 1 fluorine-18-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) or structural magnetic resonance imaging scan performed at the same study visit. Exclusion criteria included any significant neurologic disorder other than suspected AD; presence of infection, infarction, or multiple lacunes as detected by magnetic resonance imaging; and any significant systemic condition that could lead to difficulty complying with the protocol.

Exposures: Plasma p-tau181 and NfL measured with single-molecule array technology.

Main Outcomes and Measures: Longitudinal imaging markers of neurodegeneration (FDG PET and structural magnetic resonance imaging) and cognitive test scores (Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite and Alzheimer Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale with 13 tasks). Data were analyzed from June 20 to August 15, 2020.

Results: Of the 1113 participants (mean [SD] age, 74.0 [7.6] years; 600 men [53.9%]; 992 non-Hispanic White participants [89.1%]), a total of 378 individuals (34.0%) were cognitively unimpaired (CU) and 735 participants (66.0%) were cognitively impaired (CImp). Of the CImp group, 537 (73.1%) had mild cognitive impairment, and 198 (26.9%) had AD dementia. Longitudinal changes of plasma p-tau181 were associated with cognitive decline (CU: r = -0.24, P < .001; CImp: r = 0.34, P < .001) and a prospective decrease in glucose metabolism (CU: r = -0.05, P = .48; CImp: r = -0.27, P < .001) and gray matter volume (CU: r = -0.19, P < .001; CImp: r = -0.31, P < .001) in highly AD-characteristic brain regions. These associations were restricted to amyloid-β-positive individuals. Both plasma p-tau181 and NfL were independently associated with cognition and neurodegeneration in brain regions typically affected in AD. However, NfL was also associated with neurodegeneration in brain regions exceeding this AD-typical spatial pattern in amyloid-β-negative participants. Mediation analyses found that approximately 25% to 45% of plasma p-tau181 outcomes on cognition measures were mediated by the neuroimaging-derived markers of neurodegeneration, suggesting links between plasma p-tau181 and cognition independent of these measures.

Conclusions and Relevance: Study findings suggest that plasma p-tau181 was an accessible and scalable marker for predicting and monitoring neurodegeneration and cognitive decline and was, unlike plasma NfL, AD specific. The study findings suggest implications for the use of plasma biomarkers as measures to monitor AD progression in clinical practice and treatment trials.

RevDate: 2021-01-09

Jalili-Baleh L, Nadri H, Forootanfar H, et al (2021)

Chromone-lipoic acid conjugate: Neuroprotective agent having acceptable butyrylcholinesterase inhibition, antioxidant and copper-chelation activities.

Daru : journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences [Epub ahead of print].

PURPOSE: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a multifaceted neurodegenerative disease. To target simultaneously multiple pathological processes involved in AD, natural-origin compounds with unique characteristics are promising scaffolds to develop novel multi-target compounds in the treatment of different neurodegenerative disease, especially AD. In this study, novel chromone-lipoic acid hybrids were prepared to find a new multifunctional lead structure for the treatment of AD.

METHODS: Chromone-lipoic acid hybrids were prepared through click reaction and their neuroprotection and anticholinesterase activity were fully evaluated. The anti-amyloid aggregation, antioxidant and metal-chelation activities of the best compound were also investigated by standard methods to find a new multi-functional agent against AD.

RESULTS: The primary biological screening demonstrated that all compounds had significant neuroprotection activity against H2O2-induced cell damage in PC12 cells. Compound 19 as the most potent butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) inhibitor (IC50 = 7.55 μM) having significant neuroprotection activity as level as reference drug was selected for further biological evaluations. Docking and kinetic studies revealed non-competitive mixed-type inhibition of BuChE by compound 19. It could significantly reduce formation of the intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and showed excellent reducing power (85.57 mM Fe+2), comparable with quercetin and lipoic acid. It could also moderately inhibit Aβ aggregation and selectively chelate with copper ions in 2:1 M ratio.

CONCLUSION: Compound 19 could be considered as a hopeful multifunctional agent for the further development gainst AD owing to the acceptable neuroprotective and anti-BuChE activity, moderate anti-Aβ aggregation activity, outstanding antioxidant activity as well as selective copper chelation ability. A new chromone-lipoic acid hybrid was synthesized as anti-Alzheimer agent with BuChE inhibitory activity, anti-Aβ aggregation, metal-chelation and antioxidant properties.

RevDate: 2021-01-12

Tan MS, Yang YX, Xu W, et al (2021)

Associations of Alzheimer's disease risk variants with gene expression, amyloidosis, tauopathy, and neurodegeneration.

Alzheimer's research & therapy, 13(1):15.

BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies have identified more than 30 Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk genes, although the detailed mechanism through which all these genes are associated with AD pathogenesis remains unknown. We comprehensively evaluate the roles of the variants in top 30 non-APOE AD risk genes, based on whether these variants were associated with altered mRNA transcript levels, as well as brain amyloidosis, tauopathy, and neurodegeneration.

METHODS: Human brain gene expression data were obtained from the UK Brain Expression Consortium (UKBEC), while other data used in our study were obtained from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) cohort. We examined the association of AD risk allele carrier status with the levels of gene expression in blood and brain regions and tested the association with brain amyloidosis, tauopathy, and neurodegeneration at baseline, using a multivariable linear regression model. Next, we analyzed the longitudinal effects of these variants on the change rates of pathology using a mixed effect model.

RESULTS: Altogether, 27 variants were detected to be associated with the altered expression of 21 nearby genes in blood and brain regions. Eleven variants (especially novel variants in ADAM10, IGHV1-68, and SLC24A4/RIN3) were associated with brain amyloidosis, 7 variants (especially in INPP5D, PTK2B) with brain tauopathy, and 8 variants (especially in ECHDC3, HS3ST1) with brain neurodegeneration. Variants in ADAMTS1, BZRAP1-AS1, CELF1, CD2AP, and SLC24A4/RIN3 participated in more than one cerebral pathological process.

CONCLUSIONS: Genetic variants might play functional roles and suggest potential mechanisms in AD pathogenesis, which opens doors to uncover novel targets for AD treatment.

RevDate: 2021-01-11

Moussavi Z, Rutherford G, Lithgow B, et al (2021)

Repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Improving Cognition in Patients With Alzheimer Disease: Protocol for a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial.

JMIR research protocols, 10(1):e25144 pii:v10i1e25144.

BACKGROUND: Alzheimer disease has no known cure. As existing pharmacologic interventions only modestly slow cognitive decline, there is a need for new treatments. Recent trials of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) have reported encouraging results for improving or stabilizing cognition in patients diagnosed with Alzheimer dementia. However, owing to small samples and lack of a well-controlled double-blind design, the results to date are inconclusive. This paper presents the protocol for a large placebo-controlled double-blind study designed with sufficient statistical rigor to measure the efficacy of rTMS treatment in patients with Alzheimer dementia.

OBJECTIVE: The objectives are to (1) recruit and enroll up to 200 eligible participants, (2) estimate the difference in treatment effects between active treatment and sham treatment, (3) estimate the difference in treatment effects between two doses of rTMS applications, (4) estimate the duration of treatment effects among responders to active rTMS treatment, and (5) estimate the effect of dementia severity on treatment outcomes among patients receiving active rTMS treatment.

METHODS: We have designed our study to be a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the short- and long-term (up to 6 months) benefits of active rTMS treatment at two doses (10 sessions over 2 weeks and 20 sessions over 4 weeks) compared with sham rTMS treatment. The study will include patients aged ≥55 years who are diagnosed with Alzheimer disease at an early to moderate stage and have no history of seizures and no major depression. The primary outcome measure is the change in the Alzheimer Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale score from pretreatment to posttreatment. Secondary outcomes are changes in performance on tests of frontal lobe functioning (Stroop test and verbal fluency), changes in neuropsychiatric symptoms (Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire), and changes in activities of daily living (Alzheimer Disease Co-operative Study-Activities of Daily Living Inventory). Tolerability of the intervention will be assessed using a modification of the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication. We assess participants at baseline and 3, 5, 8, 16, and 24 weeks after the intervention.

RESULTS: As of November 1, 2020, we have screened 523 individuals, out of which 133 were eligible and have been enrolled. Out of the 133 individuals, 104 have completed the study. Moreover, as of November 1, 2020, there has been no serious adverse event. We anticipate that rTMS will considerably improve cognitive function, with effects lasting up to 3 months. Moreover, we expect rTMS to be a well-tolerated treatment with no serious side effect.

CONCLUSIONS: This protocol design will allow to address both the rTMS active treatment dose and its short- and long-term effects compared with sham treatment in large samples.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02908815; https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02908815.

DERR1-10.2196/25144.

RevDate: 2021-01-07

Herr M, Ankri J, Diard C, et al (2021)

Removal of Drugs for Alzheimer's Disease from the List of Reimbursable Drugs in France: Analysis of Change in Drug Use, Disease Management and Cognition Using the National Alzheimer Data Bank (BNA).

Drugs & aging [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Because of insufficient data about their benefit-risk ratio in real life, drugs used for Alzheimer's disease (AD; cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine) were withdrawn from the list of reimbursable drugs in France on 1 August 2018.

OBJECTIVES: In this context, this study aimed to investigate the effects of the removal of AD drugs from the list of reimbursed drugs among patients followed in memory centres in France, in terms of prevalence and factors associated with drug discontinuation and evolution of disease management and cognition after drug discontinuation.

METHODS: This is an observational study based on data from the National Alzheimer Data Bank ('Banque Nationale Alzheimer' [BNA]), which centralizes information about patients consulting in memory centres. The drug discontinuation rate was estimated among patients receiving AD drugs at the last visit before the end of reimbursement. Factors associated with drug discontinuation were investigated among sociodemographic and disease characteristics, as well as among the use of healthcare resources before the end of reimbursement. We compared the evolution of disease management (psychotropic drugs and non-pharmacological interventions) and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score during the year following the end of reimbursement among patients with a diagnosis of AD.

RESULTS: Among the 19,380 patients of the study sample (62.5% females, mean age 81 years, 86.8% with a diagnosis of AD), 19.5% discontinued their treatment after the end of reimbursement. The main factors associated with drug discontinuation were the type of dementia and lower MMSE level. Compared with patients with a diagnosis of AD, those with vascular dementia were more likely to stop their treatment, whereas those with dementia with Lewy bodies were less likely to discontinue. Among patients with a diagnosis of AD, drug discontinuation was associated with increased use of psychotropic medications, especially antidepressants, and non-pharmacological interventions afterwards, but there was no difference regarding the evolution of MMSE score.

CONCLUSION: This study provides real-life information about the use of AD drugs after they were withdrawn from reimbursement in France and shows that drug discontinuation was limited among patients followed in memory centres and accompanied by increased use of other healthcare resources.

RevDate: 2021-01-06

Wani A, Al Rihani SB, Sharma A, et al (2021)

Crocetin promotes clearance of amyloid-β by inducing autophagy via the STK11/LKB1-mediated AMPK pathway.

Autophagy [Epub ahead of print].

Alzheimer disease (AD) is usually accompanied by two prominent pathological features, cerebral accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques and presence of MAPT/tau neurofibrillary tangles. Dysregulated clearance of Aβ largely contributes to its accumulation and plaque formation in the brain. Macroautophagy/autophagy is a lysosomal degradative process, which plays an important role in the clearance of Aβ. Failure of autophagic clearance of Aβ is currently acknowledged as a contributing factor to increased accumulation of Aβ in AD brains. In this study, we have identified crocetin, a pharmacologically active constituent from the flower stigmas of Crocus sativus, as a potential inducer of autophagy in AD. In the cellular model, crocetin induced autophagy in N9 microglial and primary neuron cells through STK11/LKB1 (serine/threonine kinase 11)-mediated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway activation. Autophagy induction by crocetin significantly increased Aβ clearance in N9 cells. Moreover, crocetin crossed the blood-brain barrier and induced autophagy in the brains' hippocampi of wild-type male C57BL/6 mice. Further studies in transgenic male 5XFAD mice, as a model of AD, revealed that one-month treatment with crocetin significantly reduced Aβ levels and neuroinflammation in the mice brains and improved memory function by inducing autophagy that was mediated by AMPK pathway activation. Our findings support further development of crocetin as a pharmacological inducer of autophagy to prevent, slow down progression, and/or treat AD.

RevDate: 2021-01-06

Taudte N, Linnert M, Rahfeld JU, et al (2021)

Mammalian-like type II glutaminyl cyclases in Porphyromonas gingivalis and other oral pathogenic bacteria as targets for treatment of periodontitis.

The Journal of biological chemistry pii:RA120.016836 [Epub ahead of print].

The development of a targeted therapy would significantly improve the treatment of periodontitis and its associated diseases including Alzheimer Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular diseases. Glutaminyl cyclases (QCs) from the oral pathogens Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythia and Prevotella intermedia represent attractive target enzymes for small-molecule inhibitor development, as their action is likely to stabilize essential periplasmic and outer membrane proteins by N-terminal pyroglutamination. In contrast to other microbial QCs that utilize so-called type I enzymes, these oral pathogens possess sequences corresponding to type II QCs, observed hitherto only in animals. However, whether differences between these bacteroidal QCs and animal QCs are sufficient to enable development of selective inhibitors is not clear. To learn more, we recombinantly expressed all three QCs. They exhibit comparable catalytic efficiencies and are inhibited by metal chelators. Crystal structures of the enzymes from P. gingivalis (PgQC) and T. forsythia (TfQC) reveal a tertiary structure composed of an eight-stranded β-sheet surrounded by seven α-helices, typical of animal type II QCs. In each case, an active site Zn ion is tetrahedrally coordinated by conserved residues. Nevertheless, significant differences to mammalian enzymes are found around the active site of the bacteroidal enzymes. Application of a PgQC-selective inhibitor described here for the first time results in growth inhibition of two P. gingivalis clinical isolates in a dose dependent manner. The insights gained by these studies will assist in the development of highly specific small-molecule bacteroidal QC inhibitors, paving the way for alternative therapies against periodontitis and associated diseases.

RevDate: 2021-01-05

Jonathan MC, Adrián SH, A Gonzalo (2021)

Type II nuclear receptors with potential role in Alzheimer disease.

Molecular aspects of medicine pii:S0098-2997(20)30142-4 [Epub ahead of print].

Nuclear receptors are ligand-activated transcription factors that can modulated cellular processes involved in the development, homeostasis, cell proliferation, metabolism, and reproduction through the control of the specific genetic and molecular program. In the central nervous system, they are key regulators of neural stem cell fate decisions and can modulate the physiology of different brain cells. Over the past decades, a large body of evidence has supported that nuclear receptors are potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, the most common dementia worldwide, and the main cause of disability in later life. This disease is characterized by the progressive accumulation of amyloid-beta peptides and hyperphosphorylated tau protein that can explain alterations in synaptic transmission and plasticity; loss of dendritic spines; increased in reactive microglia and inflammation; reduction of neuronal stem cells number; myelin and vascular alterations that finally leads to increased neuronal death. Here, we present a review of type II no steroidal nuclear receptors that form obligatory heterodimers with the Retinoid X Receptor (RXR) and its potential in the therapeutic of AD. Activation of type II nuclear receptor by synthetic agonist leads to transcriptional regulation of specific genes that acts counteracting against the detrimental effects of amyloid-beta peptides and hyperphosphorylated tau in neuronal cells recovering the functionality of the synapses. But also, activation of type II nuclear receptor leads to modifications in APP metabolism, repression of inflammatory cascade and inductors of the generation of neuronal stem cells and progenitor cells supporting its potential therapeutics role for Alzheimer's disease.

RevDate: 2021-01-12

Fernández-Fierro A, Funes SC, Rios M, et al (2020)

Immune Modulation by Inhibitors of the HO System.

International journal of molecular sciences, 22(1):.

The heme oxygenase (HO) system involves three isoforms of this enzyme, HO-1, HO-2, and HO-3. The three of them display the same catalytic activity, oxidating the heme group to produce biliverdin, ferrous iron, and carbon monoxide (CO). HO-1 is the isoform most widely studied in proinflammatory diseases because treatments that overexpress this enzyme promote the generation of anti-inflammatory products. However, neonatal jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia) derived from HO overexpression led to the development of inhibitors, such as those based on metaloproto- and meso-porphyrins inhibitors with competitive activity. Further, non-competitive inhibitors have also been identified, such as synthetic and natural imidazole-dioxolane-based, small synthetic molecules, inhibitors of the enzyme regulation pathway, and genetic engineering using iRNA or CRISPR cas9. Despite most of the applications of the HO inhibitors being related to metabolic diseases, the beneficial effects of these molecules in immune-mediated diseases have also emerged. Different medical implications, including cancer, Alzheimer´s disease, and infections, are discussed in this article and as to how the selective inhibition of HO isoforms may contribute to the treatment of these ailments.

RevDate: 2021-01-05

Zhou Y, Chen Y, Xu C, et al (2020)

TLR4 Targeting as a Promising Therapeutic Strategy for Alzheimer Disease Treatment.

Frontiers in neuroscience, 14:602508.

Alzheimer disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder characterized by extracellular accumulation of amyloid-beta and formation of intracellular neurofibrillary tangles. Microglia activation and neuroinflammation play important roles in the pathogenesis of AD; Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-a key component of the innate immune system-in microglia is also thought to be involved based on the observed association between TLR gene polymorphisms and AD risk. TLR4 has been shown to exert both detrimental and beneficial effects on AD-related pathologies. In preclinical models, experimental manipulations targeting TLR4 were shown to improve learning and memory, which was related to inhibition of pro-inflammatory cytokine release and reduction of oxidative stress. In this review, we summarize the key evidence supporting TLR4 as a promising therapeutic target in AD treatment.

RevDate: 2020-12-31

Taleski G, Schuhmacher D, Su H, et al (2020)

Disturbances in PP2A methylation and one-carbon metabolism compromise Fyn distribution, neuritogenesis and APP regulation.

The Journal of biological chemistry pii:RA120.016069 [Epub ahead of print].

The nonreceptor protein tyrosine kinase Fyn and protein Ser/Thr phosphatase 2A (PP2A) are major multifunctional signaling molecules. Deregulation of Fyn and altered PP2A methylation are implicated in cancer and Alzheimer disease (AD). Here, we tested the hypothesis that the methylation state of PP2A catalytic subunit, which influences PP2A subunit composition and substrate specificity, can affect Fyn regulation and function. Using N2a neuroblastoma cell models, we first show that methylated PP2A holoenzymes containing the Bα subunit co-immunoprecipitate and co-purify with Fyn in membrane rafts. PP2A methylation status regulates Fyn distribution and Fyn-dependent neuritogenesis, likely in part by affecting actin dynamics. A methylation incompetent PP2A mutant fails to interact with Fyn. It perturbs the normal partitioning of Fyn and amyloid precursor protein (APP) in membrane microdomains, which governs Fyn function and APP processing. This correlates with enhanced amyloidogenic cleavage of APP, a hallmark of AD pathogenesis. Conversely, enhanced PP2A methylation promotes the nonamyloidogenic cleavage of APP in a Fyn-dependent manner. Disturbances in one-carbon metabolic pathways that control cellular methylation are associated with AD and cancer. Notably, they induce a parallel loss of membrane-associated methylated PP2A and Fyn enzymes in N2a cells and acute mouse brain slices. One-carbon metabolism also modulates Fyn-dependent process outgrowth in N2a cells. Thus, our findings identify a novel methylation dependent PP2A/Fyn signaling module. They highlight the underestimated importance of crosstalks between essential metabolic pathways and signaling scaffolds that are involved in normal cell homeostasis and currently being targeted for cancer and AD treatment.

RevDate: 2020-12-30

He P, Schulz P, MR Sierks (2020)

A conformation specific antibody against Oligomeric β-Amyloid Restores Neuronal Integrity in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease.

The Journal of biological chemistry pii:RA120.015327 [Epub ahead of print].

Conformationally distinct aggregates of the Amyloid β (Aβ) peptide accumulate in brains of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, but the roles of the different aggregates in disease progression are not clear. We previously isolated two single-chain variable domain antibody fragments (scFvs), C6T and A4, that selectively bind different toxic conformational variants of oligomeric Aβ. Here we utilize these scFvs to localize the presence of these Aβ variants in human AD brain and to demonstrate their potential as therapeutic agents for treating AD. Both A4 and C6T label oligomeric Aβ in extracellular amyloid plaques, while C6T also labels intracellular oligomeric Aβ in human AD brain tissue and in an AD mouse model. For therapeutic studies, the A4 and C6T scFvs were expressed in the AD mice by viral infection of liver cells. The scFvs were administered at 2 months of age and mice sacrificed at 9 months. The scFvs contained a peptide tag to facilitate transport across the blood brain barrier. While treatment with C6T only slightly decreased Aβ deposits and plaque-associated inflammation, it restored neuronal integrity to wild-type levels, significantly promoted growth of new neurons, and impressively rescued survival rates to wild type levels. Treatment with A4 on the other hand significantly decreased Aβ deposits, but did not significantly decrease neuroinflammation or promote neuronal integrity, neurogenesis or survival rate. These results suggest that the specific Aβ conformation targeted in therapeutic applications greatly affects the outcome, and the location of the targeted Aβ variants may also play a critical factor.

RevDate: 2020-12-29

Yang H, Han W, H Li (2020)

Efficacy and safety of MAO-B inhibitor versus donepezil in Chinese elderly stroke patients with Alzheimer disease: A potential therapeutic option.

Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 33(3(Special)):1349-1354.

This pilot study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of MAO-B inhibitor in comparison with Donepezil (DNP) in elderly Chinese patients with Alzheimer disease (AD). In the present clinical trial, Chinese elderly patients aged ≥65 years with a confirmed diagnosis of AD were enrolled. The patients received MAO-B inhibitor (Selegiline 5 mg) or DNP 10 mg daily (reference) for 6 months. The efficacy and safety data were collected from 120 patients (60 patients in each group) every 3 weeks until 6 months. The primary endpoints were to assess the change in cognitive score from baseline in both the treatment group. The result of the present study showed that the patients treated with MAO-B inhibitor and DNP have similar efficacy and safety profile Considering the clinical benefit, mean (SD) improvement in sign and symptoms was numerically greater in DNP-treated patients as compared to MAO-B inhibitor at endpoint visit (SIB: 12.3 (3.7) vs 11.3 (4.2); AD severity: 14.2 (3.5); CIBIS+/CIBIC: 10.2 (2.7) vs 9.4 (3.2); ADCS-ADL: 14.3 (4.2) vs 13.2 (3.4); MMSE: 14.3 (3.7) vs 12.2 (3.2), P>0.05 respectively for each comparison). However, a statistical difference in terms of clinical benefit was similar between both the treatment groups (p>0.05). Overall, both the study drugs were found comparable in relieving the symptoms of AD (severity score after end of treatment: 14.2 vs 13.4 respectively; p >0.05). This indicates that MAO-B inhibitor is a potential target for the treatment of AD in China. The results of the present study may help to design a large clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of MAO-B inhibitor in comparison with DNP in AD patients.

RevDate: 2020-12-28

Singh N, Yadav SS, Rao AS, et al (2020)

Review on Anticancerous Therapeutic Potential of Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal.

Journal of ethnopharmacology pii:S0378-8741(20)33592-3 [Epub ahead of print].

Withania somnifera, commonly known as Ashwagandha, is an important medicinal herb belonging to family Solanaceae. It is widely used in folkloric and Ayurvedic medicines since antiquity. Traditionally, the plant is highly practiced throughout the globe as immunomodulator, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, anti-parkinson, anti-alzheimer, cardio protective, neural and physical health enhancer, neurodefensive, anti-diabetic, aphrodisiac, memory boosting etc. The plant is also effective in combating various cancer and related problems of colon, mammary, lung, prostate, skin, blood, liver and kidney. Aim of this review. The present review represents the critical assessment of the literature available on the anticancerous role of W. somnifera. The present study throws light on its diverse chemical compounds and the possible mechanisms of action involved. This review also suggests further research strategies to harness the therapeutic potential of this plant.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present review is the outcome of a systematic search of scientific literature about 'Withania somnifera and its role in cancer prevention'. The scientific databases viz. Google Scholar, Science Direct, Pubmed and Web of Science were searched from 2001 to 2019. Textbooks, magazines and newspapers were also consulted. This review summarizes all the published literature about its therapeutic potential for the treatment of different types of cancers.

RESULTS: W. somnifera has been widely used in traditional and ayurvedic medicines for treatment of numerous problems related to health and vitality. The plant is a reservoir of diverse phytoconstituents like alkaloids, steroids, flavonoids, phenolics, nitrogen containing compounds and trace elements. Withanolides are the major alkaloids which renders its anticancer potential due to its highly oxygenated nature. The plant is highly effective in combating various types of cancers viz. colon, mammary, lung, prostate, skin, blood, liver and kidney. Previous studies depict that this plant is more effective against breast cancer followed by colon, lung, prostate and blood cancer. Furthermore, from different clinical studies it has been observed that the active constituents of the plant like withaferin-A, withanolide-D have least toxic effects.

CONCLUSION: The present review confirms the various medicinal values of W. somnifera without any significant side effects. Withaferin-A (WA) and Withanolides are its most promising anticancer compounds that play a major role in apoptosis induction. Keeping in mind the anticancerous potential of this plant, it is suggested that this plant may further be investigated and more clinical studies can be performed.

RevDate: 2021-01-14

Viayna E, Coquelle N, Cieslikiewicz-Bouet M, et al (2021)

Discovery of a Potent Dual Inhibitor of Acetylcholinesterase and Butyrylcholinesterase with Antioxidant Activity that Alleviates Alzheimer-like Pathology in Old APP/PS1 Mice.

Journal of medicinal chemistry, 64(1):812-839.

The combination of the scaffolds of the cholinesterase inhibitor huprine Y and the antioxidant capsaicin results in compounds with nanomolar potencies toward human acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) that retain or improve the antioxidant properties of capsaicin. Crystal structures of their complexes with AChE and BChE revealed the molecular basis for their high potency. Brain penetration was confirmed by biodistribution studies in C57BL6 mice, with one compound (5i) displaying better brain/plasma ratio than donepezil. Chronic treatment of 10 month-old APP/PS1 mice with 5i (2 mg/kg, i.p., 3 times per week, 4 weeks) rescued learning and memory impairments, as measured by three different behavioral tests, delayed the Alzheimer-like pathology progression, as suggested by a significantly reduced Aβ42/Aβ40 ratio in the hippocampus, improved basal synaptic efficacy, and significantly reduced hippocampal oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. Compound 5i emerges as an interesting anti-Alzheimer lead with beneficial effects on cognitive symptoms and on some underlying disease mechanisms.

RevDate: 2020-12-31

Herrero-Labrador R, Trueba-Saiz A, Martinez-Rachadell L, et al (2020)

Circulating Insulin-Like Growth Factor I is Involved in the Effect of High Fat Diet on Peripheral Amyloid β Clearance.

International journal of molecular sciences, 21(24):.

Obesity is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), but underlying mechanisms are not clear. We analyzed peripheral clearance of amyloid β (Aβ) in overweight mice because its systemic elimination may impact brain Aβ load, a major landmark of AD pathology. We also analyzed whether circulating insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) intervenes in the effects of overweight as this growth factor modulates brain Aβ clearance and is increased in the serum of overweight mice. Overweight mice showed increased Aβ accumulation by the liver, the major site of elimination of systemic Aβ, but unaltered brain Aβ levels. We also found that Aβ accumulation by hepatocytes is stimulated by IGF-I, and that mice with low serum IGF-I levels show reduced liver Aβ accumulation-ameliorated by IGF-I administration, and unchanged brain Aβ levels. In the brain, IGF-I favored the association of its receptor (IGF-IR) with the Aβ precursor protein (APP), and at the same time, stimulated non-amyloidogenic processing of APP in astrocytes, as indicated by an increased sAPPα/sAPPβ ratio after IGF-I treatment. Since serum IGF-I enters into the brain in an activity-dependent manner, we analyzed in overweight mice the effect of brain activation by environmental enrichment (EE) on brain IGF-IR phosphorylation and its association to APP, as a readout of IGF-I activity. After EE, significantly reduced brain IGF-IR phosphorylation and APP/IGF-IR association were found in overweight mice as compared to lean controls. Collectively, these results indicate that a high-fat diet influences peripheral clearance of Aβ without affecting brain Aβ load. Increased serum IGF-I likely contributes to enhanced peripheral Aβ clearance in overweight mice, without affecting brain Aβ load probably because its brain entrance is reduced.

RevDate: 2020-12-21

Yang P, Knight WC, Li H, et al (2020)

Dopamine D1 + D3 receptor density may correlate with parkinson disease clinical features.

Annals of clinical and translational neurology [Epub ahead of print].

OBJECTIVE: Dopamine D2-like receptors - mainly dopamine D2 receptors (D2R) and dopamine D3 receptors (D3R) - are believed to be greatly involved in the pathology of Parkinson disease (PD) progression. However, these receptors have not been precisely examined in PD patients. Our aim was to quantitatively calculate the exact densities of dopamine D1 receptors (D1R), D2R, and D3R in control, Alzheimer disease (AD), and Lewy body disease (LBD) patients (including PD, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and Parkinson disease dementia); and analyze the relationship between dopamine receptors and clinical PD manifestations.

METHODS: We analyzed the densities of D1R, D2R, and D3R in the striatum and substantia nigra (SN) using a novel quantitative autoradiography procedure previously developed by our group. We also examined the expression of D2R and D3R mRNA in the striatum by in situ hybridization.

RESULTS: The results showed that although no differences of striatal D1R were found among all groups; D2R was significantly decreased in the striatum of PD patients when compared with control and AD patients. Some clinical manifestations: age of onset, PD stage, dopamine responsiveness, and survival time after onset; showed a better correlation with striatal D1R + D3R densities combined compared to D1R or D3R alone.

INTERPRETATION: There is a possibility that we may infer the results in diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of PD by detecting D1R + D3R as opposed to using dopamine D1 or D3 receptors alone. This is especially true for elderly patients with low D2R expression as is common in this disease.

RevDate: 2020-12-22

Olawande TI, Ajayi MP, Amoo EO, et al (2020)

Treatment pathways of Alzheimer in Nigeria.

Heliyon, 6(12):e05724.

Alzheimer poses lots of challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries, especially in Nigeria. Globally, the causes of Alzheimer are poorly understood. Cultural factors affect the preference of mental health treatment for treating people living with Alzheimer's disease (PLWA However, Alzheimer's and its gender differentials have been given little consideration in particular. Twenty-four in-depth study was conducted with caregivers and family members/relatives of people living with Alzheimer's (PLWA) residing in the study area. 52.2 percent of respondents were female out of the total while 45.8 percent were male. For male respondents, 40.4%; 49.4 %; 49.2%; 35 % and 28.3% indicated spiritual preference of mental health counseling; traditional; medical practitioner; both traditional and spiritual and psychiatrist respectively. On the other hand, 59.6%; 50.6%; 50.8%; 65% and 70.7% of female respondents indicated spiritual; traditional; medical practitioner; both traditional and spiritual and psychiatrist respectively. This research found that gender disparities primarily affected the mental health intervention care pathways. The availability of mental health resources to support adult mental health were key factors which could influence mental health status.

RevDate: 2020-12-22

Nienałtowski T, Krzesiński P, Baumert ME, et al (2020)

4-Methyltetrahydropyran as a Convenient Alternative Solvent for Olefin Metathesis Reaction: Model Studies and Medicinal Chemistry Applications.

ACS sustainable chemistry & engineering, 8(49):18215-18223.

A number of metathesis reactions were successfully conducted in 4-methyltetrahydropyran, including both standard model dienes, as well as more complex substrates, such as analogues of biologically active compounds and active pharmaceutical ingredients. To place this solvent in a context of pharmaceutical R + D, larger-scale syntheses of SUAM 1221, a prolyl endopeptidase inhibitor with potential application in Alzheimer disease treatment, and a derivative of sildenafil, an analogue of the popular Viagra drug, were executed. In the latter case, despite all the setup being made in air, the metathesis reaction at a 33 g scale proceeded very well with relatively low catalyst loading and without need of aqueous workup or column chromatography.

RevDate: 2020-12-18

Zhang J, Cheng J, H Yang (2020)

Effects of Rivastigmine on Brain Functional Networks in Patients With Alzheimer Disease Based on the Graph Theory.

Clinical neuropharmacology, Publish Ahead of Print: pii:00002826-900000000-99482 [Epub ahead of print].

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the effect of rivastigmine on brain function in Alzheimer disease (AD) by analyzing brain functional network based on the graph theory.

METHODS: We enrolled 9 patients with mild to moderate AD who received rivastigmine treatment and 9 healthy controls (HC). Subsequently, we used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging data to establish the whole-brain functional network using a graph theory-based analysis. Furthermore, we compared systemic and local network indicators between pre- and posttreatment.

RESULTS: Patients with AD exhibited a posttreatment increase in the Mini-Mental State Examination scores and a decrease in the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale cognitive subscale scores and activities of daily living. The systemic network for HC and patients with AD had good pre- and posttreatment clustering coefficients. There was no change in the Cp, Lp, Gamma, Lambda, and Sigma in patients with AD. There were no significant between-group differences in the pre- and posttreatment systemic network measures. Regarding the regional network, patients with AD showed increased betweenness centrality in the bilateral caudate nucleus and right superior temporal pole after treatment with rivastigmine. However, there was no between-group difference in the pre- and posttreatment betweenness centrality of these regions. There were no significant correlations between regional network measure changes and clinical score alterations in patients with AD.

CONCLUSIONS: There are similar systemic network properties between patients with AD and HC. Rivastigmine cannot alter systemic network attributes in patients with AD. However, it improves the topological properties of regional networks and between-node information transmission in patients with AD.

RevDate: 2020-12-18

Bouftas M (2021)

A Systematic Review on the Feasibility of Salivary Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease.

The journal of prevention of Alzheimer's disease, 8(1):84-91.

Early AD diagnosis is critical for ameliorating prognosis and treatment. The analysis of CSF biomarkers yields accurate results, but it necessitates a lumbar puncture procedure. Screening for peripheral biomarkers in saliva is advantageous since this medium is noninvasive and inexpensive to obtain. The objective of this systematic review is to analyze saliva biomarker studies which aim to diagnose AD. Titles, abstracts, and reference lists for publications from January 2004 to February 2020 were screened for by searching Google Scholar and PubMed. The inclusion criteria involved published studies that consisted of both AD and control groups. 88 studies were screened, and 20 publications fulfilled the inclusion criteria. These selected publications were scrutinized and included in this review. Aβ42, tau, certain metabolites, and oral microbiota might serve as reliable biomarkers for AD diagnosis. These results showcase the legitimate feasibility of proteomic, metabolomic, and microbiotic compounds in saliva for AD diagnostics in the near future. Supplemental studies must consider standardizing the analytical methods of measuring salivary biomarkers to establish coherence for the selection of valid AD biomarkers. Validation studies will require a large sample size of biomarker-diagnosed individuals for independent populations. This ensures accuracy and rigidity for receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves that can be set for the most optimal salivary biomarkers in future clinical settings.

RevDate: 2020-12-18

Yin Z, Wang X, Zheng S, et al (2020)

LongShengZhi Capsule Attenuates Alzheimer-Like Pathology in APP/PS1 Double Transgenic Mice by Reducing Neuronal Oxidative Stress and Inflammation.

Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 12:582455.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia in the elderly. It may be caused by oxidative stress, inflammation, and cerebrovascular dysfunctions in the brain. LongShengZhi Capsule (LSZ), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been approved by the China Food and Drug Administration for treatment of patients with cardiovascular/cerebrovascular disease. LSZ contains several neuroprotective ingredients, including Hirudo, Astmgali Radix, Carthami Flos (Honghua), Persicae Semen (Taoren), Acori Tatarinowii Rhizoma (Shichangpu), and Acanthopanax Senticosus (Ciwujia). In this study, we aimed to determine the effect of LSZ on the AD process. Double transgenic mice expressing the amyloid-β precursor protein and mutant human presenilin 1 (APP/PS1) to model AD were treated with LSZ for 7 months starting at 2 months of age. LSZ significantly improved the cognition of the mice without adverse effects, indicating its high degree of safety and efficacy after a long-term treatment. LSZ reduced AD biomarker Aβ plaque accumulation by inhibiting β-secretase and γ-secretase gene expression. LSZ also reduced p-Tau expression, cell death, and inflammation in the brain. Consistently, in vitro, LSZ ethanol extract enhanced neuronal viability by reducing L-glutamic acid-induced oxidative stress and inflammation in HT-22 cells. LSZ exerted antioxidative effects by enhancing superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase expression, reduced Aβ accumulation by inhibiting β-secretase and γ-secretase mRNA expression, and decreased p-Tau level by inhibiting NF-κB-mediated inflammation. It also demonstrated neuroprotective effects by regulating the Fas cell surface death receptor/B-cell lymphoma 2/p53 pathway. Taken together, our study demonstrates the antioxidative stress, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects of LSZ in the AD-like pathological process and suggests it could be a potential medicine for AD treatment.

RevDate: 2020-12-29

Park JH, WK Whang (2020)

Bioassay-Guided Isolation of Anti-Alzheimer Active Components from the Aerial Parts of Hedyotis diffusa and Simultaneous Analysis for Marker Compounds.

Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 25(24):.

Previous studies have reported that Hedyotis diffusa Willdenow extract shows various biological activities on cerebropathia, such as neuroprotection and short-term memory enhancement. However, there has been a lack of studies on the inhibitory activity on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) through enzyme assays of H. diffusa. Therefore, H. diffusa extract and fractions were evaluated for their inhibitory effects through assays of enzymes related to AD, including acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), and β-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1), and on the formation of advanced glycation end-product (AGE). In this study, ten bioactive compounds, including nine iridoid glycosides 1-9 and one flavonol glycoside 10, were isolated from the ethyl acetate and n-butanol fractions of H. diffusa using a bioassay-guided approach. Compound 10 was the strongest inhibitor of cholinesterase, BACE1, and the formation of AGEs of all isolated compounds, while compound 5 had the lowest inhibitory activity. Compounds 3, 6, and 9 exhibited better inhibitory activity than other compounds on AChE, and two pairs of diastereomeric iridoid glycoside structures (compounds 4, 8, and 6, 7) showed higher inhibitory activity than others on BChE. In the BACE1 inhibitory assay, compounds 1-3 were good inhibitors, and compound 10 showed higher inhibitory activity than quercetin, the positive control. Moreover, compounds 1 and 3 were stronger inhibitors of the formation of AGE than aminoguanidine (AMG), the positive control. In conclusion, this study is significant since it demonstrated that the potential inhibitory activity of H. diffusa on enzymes related to AD and showed the potential use for further study as a natural medicine for AD treatment on the basis of the bioactive components isolated from H. diffusa.

RevDate: 2020-12-29

Morris R, Armbruster K, Silva J, et al (2020)

The Association between the Usage of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Cognitive Status: Analysis of Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Studies from the Global Alzheimer's Association Interactive Network and Transcriptomic Data.

Brain sciences, 10(12):.

The degenerative cognitive and physical decline of Alzheimer patients, coupled with the extensive psychological and economic tolls imposed on family members that serve as caretakers, necessitate the discovery of effective cures and preventative measures for age-related cognitive depreciation. In the journey of Alzheimer's disease treatment discovery, several cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have delineated a noticeable association between the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a class of low-cost drugs with minimal side effects, and the alleviation of age-related memory impairment. In this study, four datasets (two cross-sectional and two longitudinal studies) derived from the Global Alzheimer's Association Interactive Network (GAAIN) were analyzed. The significant association between the usage of NSAIDs and better cognitive status was observed. The results agree with the findings of previous studies that the use of NSAIDs may be beneficial in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Transcriptomic data show that ibuprofen treatment results in upregulation of several genes involved in arachidonic acid metabolism including PPARγ, Cyp4a12b, Cyp2c66, and Cyp2c37 in the hippocampus. The increase in conversion of arachidonic acid into anti-inflammatory 16C and 18C dicarboxylic acids as well as epoxyeicosatrienoic acids may play a role in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease development.

RevDate: 2020-12-31

Zhao L, Duan Z, Wang Y, et al (2020)

Protective effect of Terminalia chebula Retz. extract against Aβ aggregation and Aβ-induced toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans.

Journal of ethnopharmacology, 268:113640 pii:S0378-8741(20)33528-5 [Epub ahead of print].

Terminalia chebula Retz. (T.chebula) is an important medicinal plant in Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda. T.chebula is known as the "King of Tibetan Medicine", due to its widespread clinical pharmacological activity such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antidiabetic as well as anticancer in lots of in vivo and in vitro models. In this study, we use transgenic and/or RNAi Caenorhabditis elegans (C.elegans) model to simulation the AD pathological features induced by Aβ, to detect the effect of TWE on improving Aβ-induced toxicity and the corresponding molecular mechanism.

AIM OF STUDY: The study aimed to tested the activities and its possible mechanism of T.chebula to against Aβ1-42 induced toxicity and Aβ1-42 aggregation.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using transgenic C.elegans strain CL2006 and CL4176 as models respond to paralytic induced by Aβ toxicity. The transcription factors DAF-16 and SKN-1 were analyzed used a fluorescence microscope in transgenic strains (DAF-16:GFP, SKN-1:GFP). The function of DAF-16 and SKN-1 was further investigated using loss-of-function strains by feeding RNA interference (RNAi) bacteria. To evaluate the aggregation level of Aβ in the transgenic C.elegans, Thioflavin S (ThS) staining and WB visualized the levels of Aβ monomers and oligomers.

RESULTS: TWE treatment can significantly improve the paralysis of transgenic C.elegans caused by Aβ aggregation (up to 14%). The Aβ aggregates in transgenic C.elegans are significantly inhibited under TWE exposure (up to 70%). TWE increases the nuclear localization of the key transcription factor DAF-16 and HSF-1, which in turn leads to the expression of downstream Hsp-16.2 protein and exerts its inhibitory effect on Aβ aggregation. Meanwhile, paralysis improved has not observed in SKN-1 mutation and/or RNAi C.elegans.

CONCLUSION: Our results indicate that TWE can protect C.elegans against the Aβ1-42-induced toxicity, inhibition Aβ1-42 aggregation and delaying Aβ-induced paralysis. The neuroprotective effect of TWE involves the activation of DAF-16/HSF-1/Hsp-16.2 pathway.

RevDate: 2020-12-31

Sharma A, Cooper R, Bhardwaj G, et al (2020)

The genus Nepeta: Traditional uses, phytochemicals and pharmacological properties.

Journal of ethnopharmacology, 268:113679 pii:S0378-8741(20)33567-4 [Epub ahead of print].

Nepeta is a multiregional genus of the "Lamiaceae" (Labiatae or Mint) family. Species of Nepeta are a valuable part of traditional medicine and used extensively, particularly in the Himalayan region of India (Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Leh-Ladakh), Pakistan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwaand Pakistani Kashmir), Nepal (Baglund district), also in China and hilly regions of Turkey and Iran. Nepeta species are extensively used as a remedy against a variety of ailments and conditions like chicken pox, tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, influenza, measles, stomach disorders, eye complaints, respiratory disorders, asthma, colds, coughs etc. AIM OF THE REVIEW: The main aim of this review is to present a comprehensive and detailed study on traditional uses, pharmacology, phytochemistry, toxicology of Nepeta species and suggest future direction on the design and conduct of various preparations, either alone or in blends with prevailing conventional remedies. The review also emphasizes encouraging researchers towards the wide range of pharmaceutical applications of the various species of Nepeta for their better use and exploration in the future.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: All the relevant data and information on different species of Nepeta were assembled using different databases, such as Science Direct, Springer, PubMed, Taylor and Francis imprints, Chemspider, Google scholar, review and research articles from peer-reviewed journals and unpublished data. Some select 'grey literature' sources viz. ethnobotanical books, chapters, Wikipedia and webpages were also studied.

RESULTS: A variety of bioactive secondary metabolites and nutraceuticals has been isolated from various species of Nepeta. These bioactive compounds belong to different classes of secondary metabolites, such as phenolic acids and their glycosides (rosmarinic acid, gallic acid, caffeic acid), flavonoids and their glycosides (cirsimaritin, salvigenin, luteolin, apigenin), iridoids (nepetalactones and their derivatives), terpenoids (1,8-cineole, linalool, β-caryophyllene, germacrene D, parnapimaro, β-amyrin, oleanolic acid, ursolic acid), steroids (β-sitosterol, stigmasterol), lignans, amino acids, carbohydrates, volatile oils, etc. The species of the genus Nepeta possess a variety of pharmacological activities namely anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, anti-alzheimer, anticancer and cytotoxic, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, insecticidal and along with other biological activities.

CONCLUSION: The species of the genus Nepeta contains a rich source of various bioactive compounds, which are well tolerated as traditional medicines. In fact, different species of Nepeta are widely used in a variety of traditional medicinal systems all around the world. Owing to the variety of pharmacological properties of Nepeta species, more comprehensive and inclusive clinical trials are necessary for the utilization of different Nepeta species against the treatment of a wide range of ailments. There are also various other uses such as food, cosmetic and agriculture that can be investigated or explored in future. Some of the major domains that can be explored within this genus are the investigation of different species for their unexplored biological potential, isolation and characterization of new bioactive constituents and finally, investigation of new applications and possible commercialization of these bioactive leads. No doubt, there are various viable research domains outside those discussed above, but presently for the purposes of this review we will only emphasize the activities herein.

RevDate: 2020-12-08

Liu X, Li Y, Wang M, et al (2020)

The 1316T>C missenses mutation in MTHFR contributes to MTHFR deficiency by targeting MTHFR to proteasome degradation.

Aging, 12: pii:202256 [Epub ahead of print].

5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency is a rare hereditary disease characterized by defects in folate and homocysteine metabolism. Individuals with inherited MTHFR gene mutations have a higher tendency to develop neurodegeneration disease as Alzheimer' disease and atherosclerosis. MTHFR is a rate-limiting enzyme catalyzing folate production, various SNPs/mutations in the MTHFR gene have been correlated to MTHFR deficiency. However, the molecular mechanisms underpinning the pathogenic effects of these SNPs/mutations have not been clearly understood. In the present study, we reported a severe MTHFR deficiency patient with late-onset motor dysfunction and sequenced MTHFR gene exons of the family. The patient carries an MD-associating SNP (rs748289202) in one MTHFR allele and the rs545086633 SNP with unknown disease relevance in the other. The rs545086633 SNP (p.Leu439Pro) results in an L439P substitution in MTHFR protein, and drastically decreases mutant protein expression by promoting proteasomal degradation. L439 in MTHFR is highly conserved in vertebrates. Our study demonstrated that p.Leu439Pro in MTHFR is the first mutation causing significant intracellular defects of MTHFR, and rs545086633 should be examined for the in-depth diagnosis and treatment of MD.

RevDate: 2020-12-08

Gourdon M, Petit L, Delpierre S, et al (2020)

[Overuse of antidepressant in older outpatients with Alzheimer disease and associated disorders: an observational study].

Geriatrie et psychologie neuropsychiatrie du vieillissement, 18(4):395-404.

Forty per cent of French subjects over 65 years old with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (MATA) are chronically exposed to antidepressants suggesting an overuse of these drugs. The main objective of our study was to estimate the prevalence and factors associated with overuse by antidepressants in this population.

METHODOLOGY: Single-center, prospective, cross-sectional study carried out at the Bretonneau Day Hospital (HDJ) between December, 1st 2014 and May, 31 2015. Consecutive patients with ≥70 years of age, suffering from MATA (according to DSM IV criteria) and current prescription of antidepressant were eligible. Overuse was defined by off-label prescriptions or prescriptions beyond the recommended duration of treatment. It was assessed by the geritrician in charge and validated by an expert committee, blind from the geriatrician's assessment.

RESULTS: Fifty-four patients were included in the study (mean age 82.9 years (+/- 5.4), 70.4% of women, 60% with mild to moderate dementia). The main indication of antidepressant treatment was a major depressive episode (59.3%). The geriatrician could not deal with overuse for 10 cases (18.5%). Inter-rater agreement between geriatricians and expert committee was good (kappa coefficient 0.73 [0.5-0.95]). Finally 33 (61%) of these patients had overuse of antidepressants: 1/3 had an off-label prescription and 2/3 had an exceeded treatment duration. The only factor associated with this overuse was coprescription of psychotropic drugs (p=0.009).

CONCLUSIONS: Antidepressant overuse is common in demented older outpatients, especially overuse due to exceeded treatment duration. It is significantly associated with coprescription with another psychotropic drug, suggesting that it fits into a more global problem of overuse in psychotropic drugs.

RevDate: 2020-12-08

Pradeep S, Jain AS, Dharmashekara C, et al (2020)

Alzheimer's Disease and Herbal Combination Therapy: A Comprehensive Review.

Journal of Alzheimer's disease reports, 4(1):417-429.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) was first described in 1907 and got its name after Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist. This disease starts slow, increasing gradually to worsen in the due course of time. AD is mainly characterized by the associated dementia, which is a decline of cognitive effects such as memory, praxis, and orientation. The dementia is further highlighted by the presence of psychological and behavioral symptoms. Additionally, AD is also associated with the multiple interconnected pathways linked neuropathological changes such as the formation of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid-β plaques inside the brain. AD therapeutics have been of prime concern over the decades, resulting in the elucidation of promising therapeutic targets. The requirement of AD stage dependent optimized conditions has necessitated a combinatorial approach toward treatment. The priority in AD research has remained to develop disease-modifying and development-reducing drugs for treatment regimens followed during the early and later stages, respectively.

RevDate: 2020-12-07

Leyhe T, Jucker M, Nef T, et al (2020)

Conference report: dementia research and care and its impact in Switzerland.

Swiss medical weekly, 150:w20376 pii:Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20376.

In October 2019, a Swiss panel of experts met for the Dementia Summit in Brunnen, Switzerland, to discuss the latest scientific findings on basic and clinical research, as well as practical and political approaches to the challenges of dementia disorders in Switzerland. Here, we present the conference summary. To study pathophysiological changes, as well as the underlying mechanism of fluid biomarker changes, excellent experimental approaches, including transgenic mouse models, are available. Current knowledge about presymptomatic disease progression is largely derived from the longitudinal study of individuals with autosomal dominant mutations (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network). Importantly, more than one third of identified dementia risk factors can be modified. For example, sleep disturbances are not only associated with dementia and neurodegeneration in specific brain regions, but also precede cognitive decline and contribute to the development of brain pathology. Regarding the neuropsychological examination of dementia disorders, standardised tests of social cognition, one of the six cognitive domains that must be assessed according to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, are missing, but now under development. The most important new therapeutic approach in the treatment of Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease is the current attempt to prevent &beta;-amyloid accumulation. While until now clinical studies have failed because of side effects or insufficient clinical effectiveness, Biogen recently announced positive results of high doses of aducanumab, a monoclonal antibody against &beta;-amyloid. Other approaches also show promise. In China, sodium oligomannate has been approved to treat Alzheimer's disease. The substance suppresses gut bacterial amino acids-shaped neuroinflammation to inhibit Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease progression. Assistive technologies for dementia patients can help identify relevant information for care and nursing, as well as measurements for clinical interventions. Dementia patients have a high risk of developing delirium, even in the home environment. Therefore, it is necessary to use and further develop multi-disciplinary and systematic detection and prevention strategies. Homecare models for dementia patients with multidisciplinary teams have been established and evaluated and should be expanded. Dementia is the third-leading cause of death in Switzerland. In palliative care for severe dementia, the improvement of quality of life is of primary importance. The goals of the National Dementia Strategy, to increase the quality of life in those affected and to reduce taboos surrounding the disease, are still unrealised. The need for further national and regional engagement in order to implement the different findings of the strategy has largely been acknowledged, and these implementations have become the core tasks of a national dementia platform.

RevDate: 2020-12-24

Wegiel J, Flory M, Kuchna I, et al (2021)

Clinicopathological Staging of Dynamics of Neurodegeneration and Neuronal Loss in Alzheimer Disease.

Journal of neuropathology and experimental neurology, 80(1):21-44.

Clinical and neuropathological staging of Alzheimer disease (AD) neurodegeneration and neuronal loss dynamics is the baseline for identification of treatment targets and timing. The aim of this study of 14 brain regions in 25 subjects diagnosed with AD and 13 age-matched control subjects was to establish the pattern of neurodegeneration, and the severity and rate of neuronal loss in mild cognitive impairment/mild AD (Functional Assessment Staging [FAST] test 3-4), moderate to moderately severe AD (FAST 5-6), and severe AD (FAST 7). The study revealed (1) the most severe neuronal loss in FAST 3-4; (2) the highest rate of neuronal loss in FAST 5-6, to the "critical" point limiting further increase in neuronal loss; (3) progression of neurofibrillary degeneration, but decline of neuronal loss to a floor level in FAST 7; and (4) structure-specific rate of neuronal loss caused by neurofibrillary degeneration and a large pool of neuronal loss caused by other mechanisms. This study defines a range and speed of progression of AD pathology and functional decline that might potentially be prevented by the arrest of neuronal loss, both related and unrelated to neurofibrillary degeneration, during the 9-year duration of mild cognitive impairment/mild AD.

RevDate: 2021-01-13

Liu DD, Rivera-Lane K, Leary OP, et al (2021)

Supplementation of Screw-Rod C1-C2 Fixation With Posterior Arch Femoral Head Allograft Strut.

Operative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.), 20(2):226-231.

BACKGROUND: Numerous C1-C2 fixation techniques exist for the treatment of atlantoaxial instability. Limitations of screw-rod and sublaminar wiring techniques include C2 nerve root sacrifice and dural injury, respectively. We present a novel technique that utilizes a femoral head allograft cut with a keyhole that rests posteriorly on the arches of C1 and C2 and straddles the C2 spinous process, secured by sutures.

OBJECTIVE: To offer increased fusion across C1-C2 without the passage of sublaminar wiring or interarticular arthrodesis.

METHODS: A total of 6 patients with atlantoaxial instability underwent C1-C2 fixation using our method from 2015 to 2016. After placement of a C1-C2 screw/rod construct, a cadaveric frozen femoral head allograft was cut into a half-dome with a keyhole and placed over the already decorticated dorsal C1 arch and C2 spinous process. Notches were created in the graft and sutures were placed in the notches and around the rods to secure it firmly in place.

RESULTS: The femoral head's shape allowed for creation of a graft that provides excellent surface area for fusion across C1-C2. There were no intraoperative complications, including dural tears. Postoperatively, no patients had sensorimotor deficits, pain, or occipital neuralgia. 5 patients demonstrated clinical resolution of symptoms by 3 mo and radiographic (computed tomography) evidence of fusion at 1 yr. One patient had good follow-up at 1 mo but died due to complications of Alzheimer disease.

CONCLUSION: The posterior arch femoral head allograft strut technique with securing sutures is a viable option for supplementing screw-rod fixation in the treatment of complex atlantoaxial instability.

RevDate: 2020-12-07

Huang CN, Wang CJ, Lin CL, et al (2020)

Abelmoschus esculentus subfractions attenuate Aβ and tau by regulating DPP-4 and insulin resistance signals.

BMC complementary medicine and therapies, 20(1):370.

BACKGROUND: Insulin resistance could be associated with the development of Alzheimer disease (AD). The neuropathological hallmarks of AD are beta amyloid (Aβ) produced from sequential cleavage initiated by β-secretase and degraded by insulin degradation enzyme (IDE), as well as hyperphosphorylation of tau (p-tau). Insulin action involves the cascades of insulin receptor substrates (IRS) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), while phosphorylation of IRS-1 at ser307 (p-ser307IRS-1) hinders the response. Our previous report suggested dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) is crucial to insulin resistance, and the subfractions of Abelmoschus esculentus (AE), F1 and F2, attenuate the signaling. Here we aim to investigate whether AE works to reduce Aβ generation via regulating DPP4 and insulin resistance.

METHODS: The subfractions F1 and F2 were prepared according to a succession of procedures. F1 was composed by quercetin glycosides and triterpene ester, and F2 contained a large amount of polysaccharides. The in vitro insulin resistance model was established by SK-N-MC cell line treated with palmitate. MTT was used to define the dose range, and thereby Western blot, ELISA, and the activity assay were used to detect the putative markers. One-way ANOVA was performed for the statistical analysis.

RESULTS: Treatment of palmitate induced the level of p-ser307IRS-1. Both F1 and F2 effectively decrease p-ser307IRS-1, and recover the expression of p-PI3K. However, the expression of total IRS plunged with 25 μg/mL of F1, while descended steadily with 5 μg/mL of F2. As palmitate increased the levels of Aβ40 and Aβ42, both AE subfractions were effective to reduce Aβ generation of and β-secretase activity, but IDE was not altered in any treatment conditions. The expression of DPP4 was also accompanied with insulin resistance signals. Inhibition of DPP4 attenuated the activity of β-secretase and production of Aβ. Moreover, the present data revealed that both AE subfractions significantly decrease the level of p-Tau.

CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, we demonstrated that AE would be a potential adjuvant to prevent insulin resistance and the associated pathogenesis of AD, and F2 seems more feasible to be developed.

RevDate: 2020-12-27

Llano DA, Issa LK, Devanarayan P, et al (2020)

Hearing Loss in Alzheimer's Disease Is Associated with Altered Serum Lipidomic Biomarker Profiles.

Cells, 9(12):.

Recent data have found that aging-related hearing loss (ARHL) is associated with the development of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). However, the nature of the relationship between these two disorders is not clear. There are multiple potential factors that link ARHL and AD, and previous investigators have speculated that shared metabolic dysregulation may underlie the propensity to develop both disorders. Here, we investigate the distribution of serum lipidomic biomarkers in AD subjects with or without hearing loss in a publicly available dataset. Serum levels of 349 known lipids from 16 lipid classes were measured in 185 AD patients. Using previously defined co-regulated sets of lipids, both age- and sex-adjusted, we found that lipid sets enriched in phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine showed a strong inverse association with hearing loss. Examination of biochemical classes confirmed these relationships and revealed that serum phosphatidylcholine levels were significantly lower in AD subjects with hearing loss. A similar relationship was not found in normal subjects. These data suggest that a synergistic relationship may exist between AD, hearing loss and metabolic biomarkers, such that in the context of a pathological state such as AD, alterations in serum metabolic profiles are associated with hearing loss. These data also point to a potential role for phosphatidylcholine, a molecule with antioxidant properties, in the underlying pathophysiology of ARHL in the context of AD, which has implications for our understanding and potential treatment of both disorders.

RevDate: 2020-11-30

Soto-Mercado V, Mendivil-Perez M, Jimenez-Del-Rio M, et al (2020)

Multi-Target Effects of the Cannabinoid CP55940 on Familial Alzheimer's Disease PSEN1 E280A Cholinergic-Like Neurons: Role of CB1 Receptor.

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD pii:JAD201045 [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by structural damage, death, and functional disruption of cholinergic neurons (ChNs) as a result of intracellular amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation, extracellular neuritic plaques, and hyperphosphorylation of protein tau (p-Tau) overtime.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of the synthetic cannabinoid CP55940 (CP) on PSEN1 E280A cholinergic-like nerve cells (PSEN1 ChLNs)-a natural model of familial AD.

METHODS: Wild type (WT) and PSEN1 ChLNs were exposed to CP (1μM) only or in the presence of the CB1 and CB2 receptors (CB1Rs, CB2Rs) inverse agonist SR141716 (1μM) and SR144528 (1μM) respectively, for 24 h. Untreated or treated neurons were assessed for biochemical and functional analysis.

RESULTS: CP in the presence of both inverse agonists (hereafter SR) almost completely inhibits the aggregation of intracellular sAβPPβf and p-Tau, increases ΔΨm, decreases oxidation of DJ-1Cys106-SH residue, and blocks the activation of c-Jun, p53, PUMA, and caspase-3 independently of CB1Rs signaling in mutant ChLNs. CP also inhibits the generation of reactive oxygen species partially dependent on CB1Rs. Although CP reduced extracellular Aβ 42, it was unable to reverse the Ca2 + influx dysregulation as a response to acetylcholine stimuli in mutant ChLNs. Exposure to anti-Aβ antibody 6E10 (1:300) in the absence or presence of SR plus CP completely recovered transient [Ca2 +]i signal as a response to acetylcholine in mutant ChLNs.

CONCLUSION: Taken together our findings suggest that the combination of cannabinoids, CB1Rs inverse agonists, and anti-Aβ antibodies might be a promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of familial AD.

RevDate: 2020-12-01

Owens AP, Hinds C, Manyakov NV, et al (2020)

Selecting Remote Measurement Technologies to Optimize Assessment of Function in Early Alzheimer's Disease: A Case Study.

Frontiers in psychiatry, 11:582207.

Despite the importance of function in early Alzheimer's disease (AD), current measures are outdated and insensitive. Moreover, COVID-19 has heighted the need for remote assessment in older people, who are at higher risk of being infection and are particularly advised to use social distancing measures, yet the importance of diagnosis and treatment of dementia remains unchanged. The emergence of remote measurement technologies (RMTs) allows for more precise and objective measures of function. However, RMT selection is a critical challenge. Therefore, this case study outlines the processes through which we identified relevant functional domains, engaged with stakeholder groups to understand participants' perspectives and worked with technical experts to select relevant RMTs to examine function. After an extensive literature review to select functional domains relevant to AD biomarkers, quality of life, rate of disease progression and loss of independence, functional domains were ranked and grouped by the empirical evidence for each. For all functional domains, we amalgamated feedback from a patient advisory board. The results were prioritized into: highly relevant, relevant, neutral, and less relevant. This prioritized list of functional domains was then passed onto a group of experts in the use of RMTs in clinical and epidemiological studies to complete the selection process, which consisted of: (i) identifying relevant functional domains and RMTs; (ii) synthesizing proposals into final RMT selection, and (iii) verifying the quality of these decisions. Highly relevant functional domains were, "difficulties at work," "spatial navigation and memory," and "planning skills and memory required for task completion." All functional domains were successfully allocated commercially available RMTs that make remote measurement of function feasible. This case study provides a set of prioritized functional domains sensitive to the early stages of AD and a set of RMTs capable of targeting them. RMTs have huge potential to transform the way we assess function in AD-monitoring for change and stability continuously within the home environment, rather than during infrequent clinic visits. Our decomposition of RMT and functional domain selection into identify, synthesize, and verify activities, provides a pragmatic structure with potential to be adapted for use in future RMT selection processes.

RevDate: 2020-12-29
CmpDate: 2020-12-29

Almalki WH, Alzahrani A, Mahmoud El-Daly ME, et al (2021)

The emerging potential of SIRT-3 in oxidative stress-inflammatory axis associated increased neuroinflammatory component for metabolically impaired neural cell.

Chemico-biological interactions, 333:109328.

People suffering from conditions like epilepsy, where there is an excess of neuron excitement, stroke, and cardiac arrest, where there are oxygen and glucose deprivation, Alzheimer, Parkinson, and Huntington's disease that causes metabolic and also oxidative stress-inflammatory axis; are known to be more vulnerable to disturbances in the metabolism, and there is a lot of inadequacy in defining the inflammation's mechanistic connections, as well as neurodegeneration and the bioenergetic deficiencies in the CNS. We retrieved relevant studies from PubMed/ScienceDirect/Medline/Public library of science/Mendeley/Springer link as well as Google Scholar. We used various keywords both individually and in combination with the literature search. 'Epidemiology of neurodegenerative disorders', 'neurodegenerative diseases associated hyper inflammation', 'Mechanism of inflammation in neuronal cell', 'Involvement of SIRTin inflammation', 'Pathogenesis of mitochondrial associated metabolic impairment in neurons', 'Reactive oxygen species-mediated mitochondrial dysfunction' were a few of the keywords used for the search. PINCH, which is a chronic neuro-inflammatory component that cannot be detected in matured neurons which are healthy, though expressed in oxidative stress inflammatory axis related tauopathy and diseases that cause neurodegeneration. We attempted to study the regulatory mechanisms that cause changes in the bioenergetics and its neuronal defects and mitochondrial subcellular localization that are PINCH protein-mediated on the other handSIRT1, the most intensively studied sirtuin, in oxidative stress-mediated inflammatory consequence for many diseases but very few research data explore the role of SIRT-3 for correction of the chronic neuroinflammatory component. Thus, in this review, we investigate the very recently identified molecules involving in the pathogenesis during stimulated oxidative stress-inflammatory axis in the excitatory neuronal cell which changes brain metabolism. Simultaneously, in CNS neurons of diseases with a component of chronic neuroinflammation which exhibit neuroprotective response, the consequences (mechanistic and biological) of SIRT-3, could be emerging future targets for neurodegenerative disorder treatment with impaired metabolisms.

RevDate: 2020-11-27

Villarejo-Galende A, González-Sánchez M, Blanco-Palmero VA, et al (2020)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as candidates for the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer's disease: Do they still have a role?.

Current Alzheimer research pii:CAR-EPUB-111922 [Epub ahead of print].

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: to provide an updated analysis of the possible use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as treatments for Alzheimer´s disease (AD).

RECENT FINDINGS: Neuroinflammation in AD is an active field of research, with increasing evidence from basic and clinical studies for an involvement of innate or adaptive immune responses in the pathophysiology of AD. Few clinical trials with anti-inflammatory drugs have been performed in the last decade, with negative results.

SUMMARY: Besides the information gathered from basic research, epidemiological studies have provided conflicting findings, with most case-control or prevalence studies suggesting an inverse relationship between NSAIDs use and AD, but divided results in prospective population-based incident cohort studies. Clinical trials with different NSAIDs are almost unanimous in reporting an absence of clear benefit in AD.

CONCLUSION: the modulation of inflammatory responses is a promising therapeutic strategy in AD. After three decades of research, it seems that conventional NSAIDs are not the best pharmacological option, both for their lack of clear effects and for an unfavorable side-effect profile in long-term treatment. The development of other anti-inflammatory drugs as candidate treatments in AD may benefit from the knowledge acquired with NSAIDs.

RevDate: 2021-01-08

Chauhan PS, Yadav D, Koul B, et al (2020)

Recent Advances in Nanotechnology: A Novel Therapeutic System for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

Current drug metabolism, 21(14):1144-1151.

A amyloid-β (Aβ) plaque formation in the brain is known to be the root cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which affects the behavior, memory, and cognitive ability in humans. The brain starts undergoing changes several years before the actual appearance of the symptoms. Nanotechnology could prove to be an alternative strategy for treating the disease effectively. It encompasses the diagnosis as well as the therapeutic aspect using validated biomarkers and nano-based drug delivery systems, respectively. A nano-based therapy may provide an alternate strategy, wherein one targets the protofibrillar amyloid-β (Aβ) structures, and this is followed by their disaggregation as random coils. Conventional/routine drug therapies are inefficient in crossing the blood-brain barrier; however, this hurdle can be overcome with the aid of nanoparticles. The present review highlights the various challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of AD. Meticulous and collaborative research using nanotherapeutic systems could provide remarkable breakthroughs in the early-stage diagnosis and therapy of AD.

RevDate: 2020-11-24

Zamanian-Azodi M, Rezaei-Tavirani M, M Rezaei-Tavirani (2020)

Investigating the Effects of Ibuprofen on the Gene Expression Profile in Hippocampus of Mice Model of Alzheimer's Disease through Bioinformatics Analysis.

Iranian journal of pharmaceutical research : IJPR, 19(2):352-359.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are identified as effective in many diseases. One of which is neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer disease (AD). In this study gross alteration of gene expression in AD mice by ibuprofen treatment is investigated via Protein-protein interaction network (PPI) analysis. Expression profiling of microarray dataset GSE67306 was retrieved from GEO database and analyzed via GEO2R tool. PPI analysis was performed via Cytoscape 3.7.0. and its plug-ins including Network Analyzer, Gene MANIA, and CluePedia. Numbers of 10 central genes including Htr1a, Sstr2, Drd2, Htr1b, Penk, Pomc, Oprm1, Npy, Sst, and Chrm2 were identified as potential biomarkers. However, the role of Penk gene was highlighted. The finding indicates that ibuprofen changes gene expression level of several genes that are involved in AD.

RevDate: 2020-11-24

Kocakaya SO, Ertas A, Yener I, et al (2020)

Selective in-vitro Enzymes' Inhibitory Activities of Fingerprints Compounds of Salvia Species and Molecular Docking Simulations.

Iranian journal of pharmaceutical research : IJPR, 19(2):187-198.

Recently Nutrition and Food Chemistry researches have been focused on plants and their products or their secondary metabolites having anti-alzheimer, anti-cancer, anti-aging, and antioxidant properties. Among these plants Salvia L. (Lamiaceae) species come into prominence with their booster effects due to high antioxidant contents, which have over 900 species in the world and 98 in Turkey. Some Salvia species are already in use as herbal treatment of vessel stiffness, Dementia like problems and cancer. Recently some species of Salvia are of extensive research topic. In this study, inhibitory potentials of secondary metabolites, rosmarinic acid, salvigenin, salvianolic acid A and B, tanshinone I and IIA, cyrtotanshinone, dihydrotanshinone I, carnosic acid, carnosol, and danshensu sodium salt were investigated against acetylcholinesterase, butyrylcholinesterase, urease and tyrosinase enzymes both in-vitro and in slico in detail. Elevated inhibitory effects on acetyl- and butyryl-cholinesterase of dihydrotanshinone I (IC50: 1.50 ± 0.02 and 0.50 ± 0.01 µg/mL, respectively), carnasol (IC50: 11.15 ± 0.05 ve 3.92 ± 0.03 µg/mL) and carnosic acid (IC50: 31.83 ± 0.65 ve 4.12±0.04 µg/mL) were observed. Furthermore, all other secondary metabolites were active against butyrylcholinesterase. Anti-urease (42.41 ± 0.85%) and anti-tyrosinase (39.82 ± 1.16%) activities of tanshinone I were also observed. Potential inhibitory effects of these molecules on target proteins were investigated using DOCK and molecular dynamics calculations. Dock score analysis and Lipinski parameters were demonstrated that these ligands are potential inhibitors against relevant enzymes. Our findings suggest that Salvia species can be utilized as a ptential source of anti-alzheimer active compounds for designing novel products.

RevDate: 2021-01-04

Ogunlade B, Fidelis OP, Afolayan OO, et al (2021)

Neurotherapeutic and antioxidant response of D-ribose-L-Cysteine nutritional dietary supplements on Alzheimer-type hippocampal neurodegeneration induced by cuprizone in adult male wistar rat model.

Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association, 147:111862.

INTRODUCTION: Cuprizone is a neurotoxicant causing neurodegeneration through enzymes inhibition and oxidative stress. D-Ribose-L-Cysteine (DRLC) is a powerful antioxidant with neuroprotective properties. This study explored the antioxidant response of DRLC against cuprizone-induced behavioral alterations, biochemical imbalance and hippocampal neuronal damage in adult wistar rats.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty two (32) adult male wistar rats (150-200g) were divided into four groups (n = 8). Group A received normal saline only as placebo; Group B received 0.5% cuprizone diet only; Group C received a combination of 0.5% cuprizone diet and 100 mg/kg bw of DRLC and Group D received 100 mg/kg bw of DRLC only. The administration was done through oral gavage once daily for 45 days. After the last treatment, neurobehavioral tests (Morris Water Maze and Y maze) was conducted; animals sacrificed and brain harvested for histological analysis and biochemical estimations of levels of antioxidants, oxidative stress markers, neurotransmitters and enzyme activitties.

RESULTS: The results showed significant memory decline, hippocampal alterations, decrease levels of antioxidant markers, enzyme and neurotransmitters activities with concomitant increase in norepinephrine and oxidative stress markers in cuprizone induced rats relative to normal but was attenuated with DRLC administration.

CONCLUSION: Cuprizone causes cognitive impairment and neurodegeneration through oxidative stress; however, administration of DRLC ameliorated neuropathological alteration induced by cuprizone.

RevDate: 2020-11-19

Longhurst J, Phan J, Chen E, et al (2020)

Physical Therapy for Gait, Balance, and Cognition in Individuals with Cognitive Impairment: A Retrospective Analysis.

Rehabilitation research and practice, 2020:8861004.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine if a pragmatic physical therapy (PT) program was associated with improved cognition, gait, and balance in individuals with cognitive impairment. This study investigated these associations for individuals with Alzheimer disease (AD), vascular dementia (VaD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in order to better characterize outcomes to PT for each diagnostic group.

Methods: Data before and after one month of physical therapy were extracted from patient records (67 with AD, 34 with VaD, 35 with DLB, and 37 with MCI). The mean number of PT sessions over a month was 3.4 (±1.8). Outcomes covered the domains of gait, balance, and cognition with multiple outcomes used to measure different constructs within the balance and gait domains.

Results: All groups showed improvements in balance and at least one gait outcome measure. Those with MCI improved in every measure of gait and balance performance. Lastly, cognition as measured by Montreal Cognitive Assessment improved in individuals in the AD, VaD, and MCI groups.

Conclusion: While this retrospective analysis is not appropriate for causal inference, results of one month of physical therapy were associated with decreases in gait, balance, and cognitive impairment in individuals with AD, VaD, DLB<, and MCI. Clinical Implications. While physical therapy is not typically a primary treatment strategy for individuals with cognitive impairment, the results of this study are consistent with the literature that demonstrates improvement from physical therapy for other neurodegenerative diseases. Further clinical and research exploration for physical therapy as a primary treatment strategy in these populations is warranted.

RevDate: 2020-11-17

Guo R, Li L, Su J, et al (2020)

Pharmacological Activity and Mechanism of Tanshinone IIA in Related Diseases.

Drug design, development and therapy, 14:4735-4748.

Salvia miltiorrhiza: (Danshen) is a significant (traditional Chinese medication) natural remedy, enhancing blood circulation and clear blood stasis. In this view, it is widely used against several heart diseases, eg, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia, and congenital heart defects. Tanshinone IIA (tan-IIA) is the main fat-soluble component of Salvia miltiorrhiza. Modern pharmacological study shows that tan-IIA has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities. Tan-IIA induces remarkable cardioprotective effects via enhancing angiogenesis which may serve as an effective treatment against cardiovascular diseases (CVD). There is also evidence that tan-IIA has extensive immunomodulatory effects and plays a significant role in the development and function of immune cells. Tan-IIA reduces the production of inflammatory mediators and restores abnormal signaling pathways via regulating the function and activation of immune cells. It can also regulate signal transduction pathways, ie, TLR/NF-κB pathway and MAPKs/NF-κB pathway, thereby tan-IIA has an anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, antithrombotic and neuroprotective role. It plays a protective role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disorders (ie, atherosclerosis, hypertension) and Alzheimer's disease. It has also been revealed that tan-IIA has an anti-tumor role by killing various tumor cells, inducing differentiation and apoptosis, and has potential activity against carcinoma progression. In the review of this fact, the tan-IIA role in different diseases and its mechanism have been summarized while its clinical applications are also explored to provide a new perspective of Salvia miltiorrhiza. An extensive study on the mechanism of action of tan-IIA is of great significance for the effective use of Chinese herbal medicine and the promotion of its status and influence on the world.

RevDate: 2020-11-15

Liu Z, Zhang B, Xia S, et al (2020)

ROS-responsive and multifunctional anti-Alzheimer prodrugs: Tacrine-ibuprofen hybrids via a phenyl boronate linker.

European journal of medicinal chemistry pii:S0223-5234(20)30969-7 [Epub ahead of print].

Current drugs available in clinic for Alzheimer's disease (AD) treatment can only alleviate disease symptoms without clearly curing or delaying the process of AD. And some AD drugs failed in Phase III clinical trials are only focused on targeting amyloid-β (Aβ). Therefore, an alternative strategy in AD drug design is meaningful to be involved in the multiple pathogenic factors which can affect each other at multiple levels. Herein, we report a series of ROS-responsive prodrugs based on multi-target-directed ligands (MTDLs) approach, which can specifically release tacrine derivatives and ibuprofen under oxidation of ROS and show acetylcholinesterase (AChE)-inhibiting, neuron-protective and anti-inflammatory effects in extracellular or intracellular assays. Related biological study illustrated that compound 22 was able to permeate blood-brain-barrier (BBB) showing little hepatotoxicity in comparison to tacrine. Besides, 22 hinted a therapeutic clue in AD-treatment by regulating proinflammatory factors (IL-1β and TNF-α) and apoptosis related proteins (Bax, Bcl-2 and cleaved caspase-3). Further spatial memory assays in Aβ-induced AD model showed that 22 enhanced the ability of learning and memory. Our study proves that the strategy of ROS-responsive prodrugs has promise for AD treatments in future and offers a way for AD drug development.

RevDate: 2020-11-13

de Barros Viana M, Rosário BDA, de Fátima Santana de Nazaré M, et al (2020)

COVID-19 in age-related neurodegenerative diseases: is there a role for vitamin D3 as a possible therapeutic strategy?.

Reviews in the neurosciences pii:/j/revneuro.ahead-of-print/revneuro-2020-0074/revneuro-2020-0074.xml [Epub ahead of print].

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), identified in Wuhan, China, on December 2019, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, on March, 2020. Since then, efforts have been gathered to describe its clinical course and to determine preventive measures and treatment strategies. Adults older than 65 years of age are more susceptible to serious clinical symptoms and present higher mortality rates. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is a major receptor for some coronavirus infection, including SARS-COV-2, but is also a crucial determinant in anti-inflammation processes during the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) functioning - converting angiotensin II to angiotensin 1-7. The decline in ACE2 expression that occurs with aging has been associated to the higher morbidity and mortality rates in older adults. These observations highlight the importance of investigating the association between COVID-19 and age-related neurodegenerative disorders, i.e., Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. A possible option to reduce the risk of COVID-19 is vitamin D supplementation, due to its anti-inflammatory and immune-system-modulating effects. It has also been suggested that vitamin D supplementation plays a role in slowing progression of Parkinson and Alzheimer. The present study is a literature review of articles published on the theme COVID-19, Parkinson and Alzheimer's diseases, and the role played by vitamin D. PUBMED, MEDLINE, and EMBASE databases were consulted. Results confirm neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory effects of COVID-19, aggravated in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's patients, and the important role of vitamin D as a possible therapeutic strategy. Nevertheless, randomized controlled trials and large population studies are still warranted.

RevDate: 2020-11-13

Liu F, Zhao Q, Liu S, et al (2020)

Revealing the Pharmacological Mechanism of Acorus tatarinowii in the Treatment of Ischemic Stroke Based on Network Pharmacology.

Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2020:3236768.

Aim: Stroke is the second significant cause for death, with ischemic stroke (IS) being the main type threatening human being's health. Acorus tatarinowii (AT) is widely used in the treatment of Alzheimer disease, epilepsy, depression, and stroke, which leads to disorders of consciousness disease. However, the systemic mechanism of AT treating IS is unexplicit. This article is supposed to explain why AT has an effect on the treatment of IS in a comprehensive and systematic way by network pharmacology.

Methods and Materials: ADME (absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted) is an important property for screening-related compounds in AT, which were screening out of TCMSP, TCMID, Chemistry Database, and literature from CNKI. Then, these targets related to screened compounds were predicted via Swiss Targets, when AT-related targets database was established. The gene targets related to IS were collected from DisGeNET and GeneCards. IS-AT is a common protein interactive network established by STRING Database. Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment were analysed by IS-AT common target genes. Cytoscape software was used to establish a visualized network for active compounds-core targets and core target proteins-proteins interactive network. Furthermore, we drew a signal pathway picture about its effect to reveal the basic mechanism of AT against IS systematically.

Results: There were 53 active compounds screened from AT, inferring the main therapeutic substances as follows: bisasaricin, 3-cyclohexene-1-methanol-α,α,4-trimethyl,acetate, cis,cis,cis-7,10,13-hexadecatrienal, hydroxyacoronene, nerolidol, galgravin, veraguensin, 2'-o-methyl isoliquiritigenin, gamma-asarone, and alpha-asarone. We obtained 398 related targets, 63 of which were the same as the IS-related genes from targets prediction. Except for GRM2, remaining 62 target genes have an interactive relation, respectively. The top 10 degree core target genes were IL6, TNF, IL1B, TLR4, NOS3, MAPK1, PTGS2, VEGFA, JUN, and MMP9. There were more than 20 terms of biological process, 7 terms of cellular components, and 14 terms of molecular function through GO enrichment analysis and 13 terms of signal pathway from KEGG enrichment analysis based on P < 0.05.

Conclusion: AT had a therapeutic effect for ischemic via multicomponent, multitarget, and multisignal pathway, which provided a novel research aspect for AT against IS.

RevDate: 2020-11-11

Yang S, Lim KH, Kim SH, et al (2020)

Molecular landscape of long noncoding RNAs in brain disorders.

Molecular psychiatry pii:10.1038/s41380-020-00947-5 [Epub ahead of print].

According to current paradigms, various risk factors, such as genetic mutations, oxidative stress, neural network dysfunction, and abnormal protein degradation, contribute to the progression of brain disorders. Through the cooperation of gene transcripts in biological processes, the study of noncoding RNAs can lead to insights into the cause and treatment of brain disorders. Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) which are longer than 200 nucleotides in length have been suggested as key factors in various brain disorders. Accumulating evidence suggests the potential of lncRNAs as diagnostic or prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets. High-throughput screening-based sequencing has been instrumental in identification of lncRNAs that demand new approaches to understanding the progression of brain disorders. In this review, we discuss the recent progress in the study of lncRNAs, and addresses the pathogenesis of brain disorders that involve lncRNAs and describes the associations of lncRNAs with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease (AD), Parkinson disease (PD), and neurodevelopmental disorders. We also discuss potential targets of lncRNAs and their promise as novel therapeutics and biomarkers in brain disorders.

RevDate: 2020-12-29

Kiani AK, Miggiano GAD, Aquilanti B, et al (2020)

Food supplements based on palmitoylethanolamide plus hydroxytyrosol from olive tree or Bacopa monnieri extracts for neurological diseases.

Acta bio-medica : Atenei Parmensis, 91(13-S):e2020007.

Neurological disorders like Parkinson disease and Alzheimer disease, spinal cord injury and stroke have some recurrent characteristics such as abnormal protein aggregation, oxidative stress induction, apoptosis, excitotoxicity, perturbation of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis and inflammation. To date, there are few effective treatments available and the drugs currently used to manage the symptoms have important side effects. Therefore, research studies are focusing on natural phytochemicals present in diet as bioactive molecules potentially useful against neurodegenerative diseases. In this review, we will discuss the neuroprotective role of palmitoylethanolamide, hydroxytyrosol, and Bacopa monnieri extracts against neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration, thereby revealing their remarkable potential as novel therapeutic options for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.

RevDate: 2021-01-04

Carrera-Muñoz I, Triguero-Cueva L, Romero-Fábrega JC, et al (2020)

PET-Amyloid After Inconclusive Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers in Clinical Practice. Is it Necessary to Duplicate Procedures?.

Current Alzheimer research, 17(8):698-708.

INTRODUCTION: In the absence of a gold standard for in vivo Alzheimer disease (AD) diagnosis, AD biomarkers such as cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers (CSF-B) and PET-Amyloid are considered diagnostically useful in clinical practice guidelines and have consensual appropriate use criteria (AUC). However, little evidence has been published on their utilization in the clinical setting or on approaches to mismatched results. The objective of this work was to evaluate the use of AD biomarkers in clinical practice, focusing on the implementation of PET-Amyloid in cases of inconclusive CSF-B.

METHODS: This naturalistic, ambispective case series included patients fulfilling AUC for CSF-B and PET-Amyloid whose CSF-B results were non-diagnostic (target population), analyzing the diagnostic certainty, the treatment approach, and the relationship between CSF-B and PET-Amyloid results.

RESULTS: Out of 2373 eligible patients, AD biomarkers were studied in 417 (17.6%), most frequently due to cognitive impairment in under 65-year-olds, using CSF-B in 311 patients and PET-Amyloid in 150. CSF-B results were non-diagnostic for 44 patients (52.3% male; aged 60.9±6.6 years), who then underwent PET-Amyloid study, which was positive in 31. A 'k' coefficient of 0.108 was obtained between CSF-B and PET-amyloid (54.5% concordance). In multivariate regression analysis, Aβ42 was the only significant predictor (p= 0.018) of a positive PET-Amyloid result. In the target population, PETAmyloid increased diagnostic confidence by 53.7% (p <0.001) and modified the therapeutic approach in 36.4% of cases.

CONCLUSION: These findings support the duplication of AD biomarkers and demonstrate that the implementation of PET-Amyloid provides an early and certain diagnosis to guide appropriate treatment.

RevDate: 2020-11-09

Koszewiczz M, Jaroch J, Brzecka A, et al (2020)

Dysbiosis is one of the risk factor for stroke and cognitive impairment and potential target for treatment.

Pharmacological research pii:S1043-6618(20)31585-1 [Epub ahead of print].

Above 50 millions people have different forms of cognitive impairment basically caused by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, and cerebrovascular diseases, mostly stroke. Often these coexistence and exacerbate one another. The damaged area in the post-stroke dementia may lead to the additional neurodegenerative lesions. Gut microbiome functions like an endocrine organ by generating bioactive metabolites, can directly or indirectly impact human physiology. An alteration in the composition and function of intestinal flora, i.e. gut dysbiosis, is involved in neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular diseases. Additionally, gut dysbiosis may accelerate the progression of the cognitive impairment in the course of these diseases. Dysbiosis may result from obesity; metabolic, cardiovascular, and sleep disorders; or lack of physical activity. They may coexist in various patterns in older people, enhancing the risk, incidence, and progression of cerebrovascular lesions, neurodegenerative disorders, and cognitive impairment, creating a vicious circle. Recently, several metabolites produced by gut microbiota from dietary metabolism, e.g. trimethylamine,/trimethylamine N-oxide, short-chain fatty acids, secondary bile acids have been linked to neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular diseases. New treatment modalities, including prebiotic and probiotics, may normalize the gut microbiota composition, change the brain-gut barrier and decrease the risk of the pathology development. Fecal microbiota transplantation, sometimes with combination with other methods, is used for remodeling and replenishing the symbiotic gut microbiome. The promising field of research is associated with basic findings of bidirectional communication between body organs and gut microbiota that open the possibilities of pharmacological treatments of many clinical situations. The authors present the role of gut microbiota in physiology, and the novel therapeutic targets in modulation of intestinal microbiota Personalized therapies based on their personal genome make up could offer benefits by modulating microbiota cross-talk with brain and cardiovascular system. A healthy lifestyle, including pre and probiotic nutrition is generally recommended. Prevention may also be enhanced by correcting gut dysbiosis resulting a reduced risk of post-stroke cognitive impairment including dementia.

RevDate: 2021-01-12
CmpDate: 2020-11-25

Li WH, Wei ZW, XF Liu (2020)

Clinical efficacy of sertraline in the treatment of depression caused by Alzheimer disease: A protocol of systematic review.

Medicine, 99(45):e23076.

BACKGROUND: This study will appraise the clinical efficacy of sertraline in the treatment of depression caused by Alzheimer disease (AD).

METHODS: Comprehensive searches in PUBMED, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Scopus, AMED, CNKI, and WANGFANG will be performed from inception to the present without language restriction. In addition, other sources will also be searched to avoid losing more potential studies. We will only consider randomized controlled trials that examined the efficacy of sertraline for depression in patients with AD. Two team members will independently undertake literature selection, data collection, and risk of bias assessment. We will use Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool to assess the risk of bias for each eligible trial, and will utilize RevMan 5.3 software to carry out data analysis.

RESULTS: This study will recapitulate high-quality evidence to assess the efficacy of sertraline for the treatment of depression following AD.

CONCLUSION: The findings of this study will help to determine whether or not sertraline is effective for the treatment of depression after AD. OSF REGISTRATION:: osf.io/f29v6.

RevDate: 2020-11-07

Naik B, Mehta A, M Shah (2020)

Denouements of machine learning and multimodal diagnostic classification of Alzheimer's disease.

Visual computing for industry, biomedicine, and art, 3(1):26.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia. The exact cause and treatment of the disease are still unknown. Different neuroimaging modalities, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography, and single-photon emission computed tomography, have played a significant role in the study of AD. However, the effective diagnosis of AD, as well as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), has recently drawn large attention. Various technological advancements, such as robots, global positioning system technology, sensors, and machine learning (ML) algorithms, have helped improve the diagnostic process of AD. This study aimed to determine the influence of implementing different ML classifiers in MRI and analyze the use of support vector machines with various multimodal scans for classifying patients with AD/MCI and healthy controls. Conclusions have been drawn in terms of employing different classifier techniques and presenting the optimal multimodal paradigm for the classification of AD.

RevDate: 2020-12-30

Akter R, Chowdhury MAR, M Habib Ur Rahman (2020)

Flavonoids and Polyphenolic Compounds as Potential Talented Agents for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease with their Antioxidant Activities.

Current pharmaceutical design pii:CPD-EPUB-111066 [Epub ahead of print].

RevDate: 2020-11-03

Simonetti A, Pais C, Jones M, et al (2020)

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Elderly With Dementia During COVID-19 Pandemic: Definition, Treatment, and Future Directions.

Frontiers in psychiatry, 11:579842.

Background: Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) of dementia, such as anxiety, depression, agitation, and apathy, are complex, stressful, and costly aspects of care, and are associated to poor health outcomes and caregiver burden. A steep worsening of such symptoms has been reported during Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. However, their causes, their impact on everyday life, and treatment strategies have not been systematically assessed. Therefore, the aim of this review is to provide a detailed description of behavioral and psychopathological alterations in subjects with dementia during COVID-19 pandemic and the associated management challenges.

Methods: A PubMed search was performed focusing on studies reporting alterations in behavior and mood and treatment strategies for elderly patients with dementia, in accordance with PRISMA guidelines. The following search strategy was utilized: (COVID* OR coronavirus OR "corona vir*" OR SARS-CoV-2) AND (dementia OR demented OR dement* OR alzheimer* OR "pick's disease" OR "lewy body" OR "mild cognitive" OR mild cognitive impairment OR MCI).

Results: Apathy, anxiety and agitation are the most frequently NPS during the COVID-19 pandemic and are mainly triggered by protracted isolation. Most treatment strategies rely on pharmacotherapy; technology is increasingly utilized with mixed results.

Conclusions: NPS of dementia during COVID-19 appear to arise from social restrictions occurring as a consequence of the pandemic. Implementation of caregiver support and the presence of skilled nursing home staff are required to restore social interaction and adjust technological support to the patients' needs.

RevDate: 2020-11-02

Ai J, Wang H, Chu P, et al (2020)

The neuroprotective effects of phosphocreatine on Amyloid Beta 25-35-induced differentiated neuronal cell death through inhibition of AKT /GSK-3β /Tau/APP /CDK5 pathways in vivo and vitro.

Free radical biology & medicine pii:S0891-5849(20)31276-4 [Epub ahead of print].

Alzheimer (AD) is a degenerative disease that can lead memory loss and behavioral dysfunction. Aβ protein and phosphorylation of Tau protein are related to the onset of AD. However, at present, its treatment and drugs are limited. The purpose of our study is to evaluate whether phosphocreatine (PCr) could protect neuronal injury induced by Aβ protein in vivo and in vitro through AKT/GSK-3β/Tau/APP/CDK5 pathways. Differentiated PC-12 cells were cultured with Aβ25-35 for 24 h, while the mice were injected with D-Galactose for eight weeks, both of them were pretreated with PCr for 2 h. The results showed PCr could obviously induce cells and hippocampus apoptosis using DAPI and TUNEL. PCr decreased the levels of intercellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde (MDA), and increased the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD). Besides, the apoptosis pathway was detected using Western blot, showing that PCr could significantly reduce caspase-3, caspase-9, Bcl-2/Bax expression in vivo and in vitro. At the same time, PCr could decreased Ca2+ and apoptosis by Flow Cytometry in PC-12 cells. We observed that the morphological alteration of hippocampus injury was mitigated with the pretreatment of PCr. Furthermore, PCr pretreatment could decrease Aβ25-35-induced PC-12 cells apoptosis with APP cDNA transfection, which up-regulated AKT/GSK-3β/CDK5 pathways and induced Tau phosphorylation. In summary, PCr could reduce Aβ25-35 toxicity to protect neuronal cells via AKT/GSK-3β/CDK5 pathways.

RevDate: 2020-11-30

Tak K, Sharma R, Dave V, et al (2020)

Clitoria ternatea Mediated Synthesis of Graphene Quantum Dots for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

ACS chemical neuroscience, 11(22):3741-3748.

The main purpose of the present study was to synthesize graphene quantum dots (GQDs)from the flowers of Clitoria ternatea with the help of one-pot microwave-assisted green synthesis for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Further, the synthesized graphene quantum dots show a particle size of 10 nm ±1.3, a PDI of 0.354 ± 1.8, and a ζ potential of -46 ± 0.4, indicating the good stability of the quantum dots. With the help of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transfer electron microscopy (TEM) examination, the surface microscopic behavior of the synthesized quantum dots was determined. The presence of functional groups in the quantum dots was determined by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) study, the chemical state information on the sample was determined with the help of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and the surface area of the dots was determined with the help of a surface area analyzer. With the help of a radial arm maze and water morris maze assay, the learning and memory capacity of the quantum dots was assessed, and the results show that the ctGQDs significantly decreased the transfer latency to reach the baited arm in 10.37 ± 1.65 s or to the hidden platform in 18.42 ± 0.99 s in 7 days. The synthesized quantum dots show more inhibition of the acetyl cholinesterase enzyme, i.e., 86.32 ± 1.52%, as compared to that of pure donepezil, i.e., 72.46 ± 2.21%. ctGQDs considerably increased the level of glutathione and protein and decreased the level of lipid peroxide and nitric oxide. The histopathological image of ctGQDs shows more preservation of small pyramidal cell and treats the disorganization of the cells. These results suggest that the quantum dots significantly crossed the blood-brain barrier since they were small in size and were effective in reducing Alzheimer-like symptoms in rodents, and thus, it can be concluded that Clitoria ternatea flowers can be used as an adjuvant in the treatment of Alzheimer's.

RevDate: 2020-12-11

Arduino I, Iacobazzi RM, Riganti C, et al (2020)

Induced expression of P-gp and BCRP transporters on brain endothelial cells using transferrin functionalized nanostructured lipid carriers: A first step of a potential strategy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

International journal of pharmaceutics, 591:120011.

P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and Breast Cancer Resistance Protein (BCRP) are two transporters expressed in human neural stem/progenitor cells and at the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) level with decreased activity in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Both proteins, have a protective role for the embryonic stem cells in the early developmental step, maintaining them in an undifferentiated state, and limit the access of exogenous and endogenous agents to the brain. Recently, MC111 selected from a P-gp/BCRP ligands library was investigated as multitarget strategy for AD treatment, considering its ability to induce the expression and activity of both proteins. However, MC111 clinical use could be limited for the ubiquitous physiological expression of efflux transporters and its moderate toxicity towards endothelial cells. Therefore, a selective MC111 delivery system based on nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) functionalized with transferrin were developed. The results proved the formation of NLC with average size about 120 nm and high drug encapsulation efficiency (EE% greater than 50). In vitro studies on hCMEC/D3 cells revealed that the MC111 was selectively released by NLC at BBB level and then inducing the activity and expression of BCRP and P-gp, involved in the clearance of amyloid β peptide on brain endothelial cells.

RevDate: 2020-11-28

Gavriilaki M, Kimiskidis VK, E Gavriilaki (2020)

Precision Medicine in Neurology: The Inspirational Paradigm of Complement Therapeutics.

Pharmaceuticals (Basel, Switzerland), 13(11):.

Precision medicine has emerged as a central element of healthcare science. Complement, a component of innate immunity known for centuries, has been implicated in the pathophysiology of numerous incurable neurological diseases, emerging as a potential therapeutic target and predictive biomarker. In parallel, the innovative application of the first complement inhibitor in clinical practice as an approved treatment of myasthenia gravis (MG) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) related with specific antibodies raised hope for the implementation of personalized therapies in detrimental neurological diseases. A thorough literature search was conducted through May 2020 at MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and ClinicalTrials.gov databases based on medical terms (MeSH)" complement system proteins" and "neurologic disease". Complement's role in pathophysiology, monitoring of disease activity and therapy has been investigated in MG, multiple sclerosis, NMOSD, spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson, Alzheimer, Huntington disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, stroke, and epilepsy. Given the complexity of complement diagnostics and therapeutics, this state-of-the-art review aims to provide a brief description of the complement system for the neurologist, an overview of novel complement inhibitors and updates of complement studies in a wide range of neurological disorders.

RevDate: 2020-12-18

Atlante A, Amadoro G, Bobba A, et al (2020)

Functional Foods: An Approach to Modulate Molecular Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease.

Cells, 9(11):.

A new epoch is emerging with intense research on nutraceuticals, i.e., "food or food product that provides medical or health benefits including the prevention and treatment of diseases", such as Alzheimer's disease. Nutraceuticals act at different biochemical and metabolic levels and much evidence shows their neuroprotective effects; in particular, they are able to provide protection against mitochondrial damage, oxidative stress, toxicity of β-amyloid and Tau and cell death. They have been shown to influence the composition of the intestinal microbiota significantly contributing to the discovery that differential microorganisms composition is associated with the formation and aggregation of cerebral toxic proteins. Further, the routes of interaction between epigenetic mechanisms and the microbiota-gut-brain axis have been elucidated, thus establishing a modulatory role of diet-induced epigenetic changes of gut microbiota in shaping the brain. This review examines recent scientific literature addressing the beneficial effects of some natural products for which mechanistic evidence to prevent or slowdown AD are available. Even if the road is still long, the results are already exceptional.

RevDate: 2020-11-12

Zhang X, Wei M, Fan J, et al (2020)

Ischemia-induced upregulation of autophagy preludes dysfunctional lysosomal storage and associated synaptic impairments in neurons.

Autophagy [Epub ahead of print].

Macroautophagy/autophagy is vital for neuronal homeostasis and functions. Accumulating evidence suggest that autophagy is impaired during cerebral ischemia, contributing to neuronal dysfunction and neurodegeneration. However, the outcomes after transient modification in autophagy machinery are not fully understood. This study investigated the effects of ischemic stress on autophagy and synaptic structures using a rat model of oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) in hippocampal neurons and a mouse model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Upon acute ischemia, an initial autophagy modification occurred in an upregulation manner. Following, the number of lysosomes increased, as well as lysosomal volume, indicating dysfunctional lysosomal storage. These changes were prevented by inhibiting autophagy via 3-methyladenine (3-MA) treatment or ATG7 (autophagy related 7) knockdown, or were mimicked by rapamycin (RAPA), a known activator of autophagy. This suggests that dysfunctional lysosomal storage is associated with the early burst of autophagy. Dysfunctional lysosomal storage contributed to autophagy dysfunction because the basal level of MTOR-dependent lysosomal biogenesis in the reperfusion was not sufficient to clear undegraded cargoes after transient autophagy upregulation. Further investigation revealed that impairment of synaptic ultra-structures, accompanied by dysfunctional lysosomal storage, may result from a failure in dynamic turnover of synaptic proteins. This indicates a vital role of autophagy-lysosomal machinery in the maintenance of synaptic structures. This study supports previous evidence that dysfunctional lysosomal storage may occur following the upregulation of autophagy in neurons. Appropriate autophagosome-lysosomal functioning is vital for maintenance of neuronal synaptic function and impacts more than the few known synaptic proteins. Abbreviations: 3-MA: 3-methyladenine; ACTB: actin beta; AD: Alzheimer disease; ALR: autophagic lysosome reformation; ATG7: autophagy related 7; CTSB: cathepsin B; CTSD: cathepsin D; DAPI: 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole; DEGs: differentially expressed genes; DMEM: Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium; DMSO: dimethyl sulfoxide; GO: Gene Ontology; HBSS: Hanks' balanced salt solution; HPCA: hippocalcin; i.c.v: intracerebroventricular; KEGG: kyoto encyclopedia of genes and genomes; LAMP1: lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1; MAP1LC3B/LC3: microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 beta; LSDs: lysosomal storage disorders; MAP2: microtubule-associated protein 2; MCAO: middle cerebral artery occlusion; mCTSB: mature CTSB; mCTSD: mature CTSD; MOI: multiplicity of infection; MTOR: mechanistic target of rapamycin kinase; OGD/R: oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation; PBS: phosphate-buffered saline; PRKAA/AMPKα: protein kinase AMP-activated catalytic subunit alpha; proCTSD: pro-cathepsin D; RAPA: rapamycin; RNA-seq: RNA sequencing; RPS6KB/p70S6K: ribosomal protein S6 kinase; SDS-PAGE: sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; SIM: Structured Illumination Microscopy; SNAP25: synaptosomal-associated protein 25; SQSTM1/p62: sequestosome 1; SYN1: synapsin I; SYT1: synaptotagmin I; TBST: tris-buffered saline Tween-20; TEM: transmission electron microscopy; TFEB: transcription factor EB; tMCAO: transient middle cerebral artery occlusion; TTC: 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride; TUBB3: tubulin, beta 3 class III.

RevDate: 2020-10-30

Manek E, Darvas F, GA Petroianu (2020)

Use of Biodegradable, Chitosan-Based Nanoparticles in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 25(20):.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects more than 24 million people worldwide and represents an immense medical, social and economic burden. While a vast array of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) is available for the prevention and possibly treatment of AD, applicability is limited by the selective nature of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) as well as by their severe peripheral side effects. A promising solution to these problems is the incorporation of anti-Alzheimer drugs in polymeric nanoparticles (NPs). However, while several polymeric NPs are nontoxic and biocompatible, many of them are not biodegradable and thus not appropriate for CNS-targeting. Among polymeric nanocarriers, chitosan-based NPs emerge as biodegradable yet stable vehicles for the delivery of CNS medications. Furthermore, due to their mucoadhesive character and intrinsic bioactivity, chitosan NPs can not only promote brain penetration of drugs via the olfactory route, but also act as anti-Alzheimer therapeutics themselves. Here we review how chitosan-based NPs could be used to address current challenges in the treatment of AD; with a specific focus on the enhancement of blood-brain barrier penetration of anti-Alzheimer drugs and on the reduction of their peripheral side effects.

RevDate: 2020-11-20

Bianchi VE, Rizzi L, Bresciani E, et al (2020)

Androgen Therapy in Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Journal of the Endocrine Society, 4(11):bvaa120.

Neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer disease (AD), Parkinson disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Huntington disease, are characterized by the loss of neurons as well as neuronal function in multiple regions of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Several studies in animal models have shown that androgens have neuroprotective effects in the brain and stimulate axonal regeneration. The presence of neuronal androgen receptors in the peripheral and central nervous system suggests that androgen therapy might be useful in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. To illustrate, androgen therapy reduced inflammation, amyloid-β deposition, and cognitive impairment in patients with AD. As well, improvements in remyelination in MS have been reported; by comparison, only variable results are observed in androgen treatment of PD. In ALS, androgen administration stimulated motoneuron recovery from progressive damage and regenerated both axons and dendrites. Only a few clinical studies are available in human individuals despite the safety and low cost of androgen therapy. Clinical evaluations of the effects of androgen therapy on these devastating diseases using large populations of patients are strongly needed.

RevDate: 2020-10-30

Borroni V, Kamerbeek C, Pediconi MF, et al (2020)

Lovastatin Differentially Regulates α7 and α4 Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Levels in Rat Hippocampal Neurons.

Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 25(20):.

Neuronal α7 and α4β2 are the predominant nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtypes found in the brain, particularly in the hippocampus. The effects of lovastatin, an inhibitor of cholesterol biosynthesis, on these two nAChRs endogenously expressed in rat hippocampal neuronal cells were evaluated in the 0.01-1 µM range. Chronic (14 days) lovastatin treatment augmented cell-surface levels of α7 and α4 nAChRs, as measured by fluorescence microscopy and radioactive ligand binding assays. This was accompanied in both cases by an increase in total protein receptor levels as determined by Western blots. At low lovastatin concentrations (10-100 nM), the increase in α4 nAChR in neurites was higher than in neuronal cell somata; the opposite occurred at higher (0.5-1 µM) lovastatin concentrations. In contrast, neurite α7 nAChRs raised more than somatic α7 nAChRs at all lovastatin concentrations tested. These results indicate that cholesterol levels homeostatically regulate α7 and α4 nAChR levels in a differential manner through mechanisms that depend on statin concentration and receptor localization. The neuroprotective pleomorphic effects of statins may act by reestablishing the homeostatic equilibrium.

RevDate: 2020-10-23

Hu T, Li S, Liang WQ, et al (2020)

Notoginsenoside R1-Induced Neuronal Repair in Models of Alzheimer Disease Is Associated With an Alteration in Neuronal Hyperexcitability, Which Is Regulated by Nav.

Frontiers in cellular neuroscience, 14:280.

Alzheimer disease is characterized by a progressive cognitive deficit and may be associated with an aberrant hyperexcitability of the neuronal network. Notoginsenoside R1 (R1), a major activity ingredient from Panax notoginseng, has demonstrated favorable changes in neuronal plasticity and induced neuroprotective effects in brain injuries, resulting from various disorders, however, the underlying mechanisms are still not well understood. In the present study, we aimed to explore the possible neuroprotective effects induced by R1 in a mouse model of AD and the mechanisms underlying these effects. Treatment with R1 significantly improved learning and memory functions and redressed neuronal hyperexcitability in amyloid precursor protein/presenilin-1 mice by altering the numbers and/or distribution of the members of voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav). Moreover, we determined whether R1 contributed to the regulation of neuronal excitability in Aβ-42-injured cells. Results of our study demonstrated that treatment with R1 rescued Aβ1-42-induced injured neurons by increasing cell viability. R1-induced alleviation in neuronal hyperexcitability might be associated with reduced Navβ2 cleavage, which partially reversed the abnormal distribution of Nav1.1α. These results suggested that R1 played a vital role in the recovery of Aβ1-42-induced neuronal injury and hyperexcitability, which is regulated by Nav proteins. Therefore, R1 may be a promising candidate in the treatment of AD.

RevDate: 2020-11-03

Ullah R, Ali G, Ahmad N, et al (2020)

Attenuation of Spatial Memory in 5xFAD Mice by Halting Cholinesterases, Oxidative Stress and Neuroinflammation Using a Cyclopentanone Derivative.

Pharmaceuticals (Basel, Switzerland), 13(10):.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an irreversible and chronic neurological disorder that gradually destroys memory and thinking skills. The research study was designed to investigate the underlying molecular signaling involved in the neuroprotective effects of cyclopentanone derivative i.e., 2-(hydroxyl-(3-nitrophenyl)methyl)cyclopentanone (3NCP) as a therapeutic agent for AD. In this study, In vivo studies were carried out on a well-known 5xFAD mice model using different behavioural test models such as open field, rotarod, Morris water maze (MWM), and Y-maze tests. Furthermore, in vitro cholinesterase inhibition activity assays were carried out. The frontal cortex (FC) and hippocampus (HC) homogenates were tested for the levels/activities of cholinesterases, glutathione (GSH), glutathione S-transferase (GST), and catalase. Furthermore, the hippocampal expression of inflammatory cytokines was observed via RT-PCR and western blot. The results of in vivo studies show an enhancement in the learning behavior. The 3NCP treatment reduced latency time in MWM and Y-maze tests, also increase spontaneous alternation indicate significant effect of 3NCP on memory. Furthermore, open field and rotarod studies revealed that 3NCP does not cause motor coordination deficit. The results of the in vitro studies revealed that the IC50 values of the 3NCP against acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) were 16.17 and 20.51 µg/mL, respectively. This decline in AChE and BChE was further supported by ex vivo studies. Further, the 3NCP mitigates the GSH level, GST, and catalase activities in HC and FC. The mRNA and protein expression of inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α) markedly declined in RT-PCR and western blotting. The results of the current study conclusively demonstrate that 3NCP reduces oxidative stress and mitigates neuroinflammation in 5xFAD mice, implying that 3NCP may be a potential therapeutic candidate for AD treatment in the future.

RevDate: 2020-12-07

Lam AD, J Noebels (2020)

Night Watch on the Titanic: Detecting Early Signs of Epileptogenesis in Alzheimer Disease.

Epilepsy currents, 20(6):369-374.

Aberrant cortical network excitability is an inextricable feature of Alzheimer disease (AD) that can negatively impact memory and accelerate cognitive decline. Surface electroencephalogram spikes and intracranial recordings of nocturnal silent seizures in human AD, coupled with the abnormal neural synchrony that precedes development of behavioral seizures in mouse AD models, build the case for epileptogenesis as an early therapeutic target for AD. Since most individuals with AD do not develop overt seizures, leveraging functional biomarkers of epilepsy risk to stratify a heterogeneous AD patient population for treatment is research priority for successful clinical trial design. Who will benefit from antiseizure interventions, which one, and when should it begin?

RevDate: 2020-10-20

Khazaei H, Pesce M, Patruno A, et al (2020)

Medicinal plants for diabetes associated neurodegenerative diseases: A systematic review of preclinical studies.

Phytotherapy research : PTR [Epub ahead of print].

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic defect with many complications for the patients. Deaths due to diabetes and its complications are increasing, and one of the most serious consequences are the neurological disorders. Chemical treatments have irreversible side effect and therefore the aim of this study is to evaluate the medicinal plants used for treatment of cognitive impairments and neurodegenerative diseases associated with diabetes in 2004-2020 period. Electronic databases used were PubMed, Scopus and Cochrane library. The keywords used were "diabetes," "plant," "herb," "neurodegenerative," "neurodegeneration," "cognitive," "cognition," "Alzheimer," "dementia." The non-English articles, repetitive articles and review studies were excluded. From total of 3,590 results, 58 articles are included in the study. The results show that many chemical treatments considered for this disease simply control hyperglycemia, but cannot improve the complications of diabetes. Herbal medicine could be more effective due to the high antioxidant activity of some medicinal plants. Biologically active substances of medicinal plants can improve the neurological disorders caused by diabetes via several pathways. The most important pathway is related to antioxidant properties. Other pathways include antiinflammatory, anti-apoptotic, neurotoxicity inhibition, neuronal death, increasing the uptake of glucose by cells and improve neurotransmitters levels involved in learning and memory.

RevDate: 2020-11-06
CmpDate: 2020-11-06

Tsou AY, Bulova P, Capone G, et al (2020)

Medical Care of Adults With Down Syndrome: A Clinical Guideline.

JAMA, 324(15):1543-1556.

Importance: Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition, and average life expectancy has increased substantially, from 25 years in 1983 to 60 years in 2020. Despite the unique clinical comorbidities among adults with Down syndrome, there are no clinical guidelines for the care of these patients.

Objective: To develop an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for adults with Down syndrome.

Evidence Review: The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome Workgroup (n = 13) developed 10 Population/Intervention/ Comparison/Outcome (PICO) questions for adults with Down syndrome addressing multiple clinical areas including mental health (2 questions), dementia, screening or treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis, atlantoaxial instability, thyroid disease, and celiac disease. These questions guided the literature search in MEDLINE, EMBASE, PubMed, PsychINFO, Cochrane Library, and the TRIP Database, searched from January 1, 2000, to February 26, 2018, with an updated search through August 6, 2020. Using the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation) methodology and the Evidence-to-Decision framework, in January 2019, the 13-member Workgroup and 16 additional clinical and scientific experts, nurses, patient representatives, and a methodologist developed clinical recommendations. A statement of good practice was made when there was a high level of certainty that the recommendation would do more good than harm, but there was little direct evidence.

Findings: From 11 295 literature citations associated with 10 PICO questions, 20 relevant studies were identified. An updated search identified 2 additional studies, for a total of 22 included studies (3 systematic reviews, 19 primary studies), which were reviewed and synthesized. Based on this analysis, 14 recommendations and 4 statements of good practice were developed. Overall, the evidence base was limited. Only 1 strong recommendation was formulated: screening for Alzheimer-type dementia starting at age 40 years. Four recommendations (managing risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention, screening for obesity, and evaluation for secondary causes of osteoporosis) agreed with existing guidance for individuals without Down syndrome. Two recommendations for diabetes screening recommend earlier initiation of screening and at shorter intervals given the high prevalence and earlier onset in adults with Down syndrome.

Conclusions and Relevance: These evidence-based clinical guidelines provide recommendations to support primary care of adults with Down syndrome. The lack of high-quality evidence limits the strength of the recommendations and highlights the need for additional research.

RevDate: 2020-10-27

Maurice T (2020)

Bi-phasic dose response in the preclinical and clinical developments of sigma-1 receptor ligands for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.

Expert opinion on drug discovery [Epub ahead of print].

Introduction: The sigma-1 receptor (S1R) is attracting much attention for disease-modifying therapies in neurodegenerative diseases. It is a conserved protein, present in plasma and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes and enriched in mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs). It modulates ER-mitochondria Ca2+ transfer and ER stress pathways. Mitochondrial and MAM dysfunctions contribute to neurodegenerative processes in diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson, Huntington or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Interestingly, the S1R can be activated by small druggable molecules and accumulating preclinical data suggest that S1R agonists are effective protectants in these neurodegenerative diseases. Area covered: In this review, we will present the data showing the high therapeutic potential of S1R drugs for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, focusing on pridopidine as a potent and selective S1R agonist under clinical development. Of particular interest is the bi-phasic (bell-shaped) dose-response effect, representing a common feature of all S1R agonists and described in numerous preclinical models in vitro, in vivo and in clinical trials. Expert opinion: S1R agonists modulate inter-organelles communication altered in neurodegenerative diseases and activate intracellular survival pathways. Research will continue growing in the future. The particular cellular nature of this chaperone protein must be better understood to facilitate the clinical developement of promising molecules.

RevDate: 2020-12-10

Fan YG, Pang ZQ, Wu TY, et al (2020)

Vitamin D deficiency exacerbates Alzheimer-like pathologies by reducing antioxidant capacity.

Free radical biology & medicine, 161:139-149.

Vitamin D (VD) deficiency is prevalent among aging people and Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. However, the roles of VD deficiency in the pathology of AD remain largely unexplored. In this study, APP/PS1 mice were fed a VD-deficient diet for 13 weeks to evaluate the effects of VD deficiency on the learning and memory functions and the neuropathological characteristics of the mice. Our study revealed that VD deficiency accelerated cognitive impairment in the APP/PS1 mice. Mechanistic studies revealed that VD deficiency promoted glial activation and increased inflammatory factor secretion. Furthermore, VD deficiency increased the production and deposition of Aβ by elevating the expression levels of amyloid precursor protein (APP) and β-site APP cleavage enzyme 1 (BACE1). In addition, VD deficiency increased the phosphorylation of Tau at Thr181, Thr205 and Ser396 by increasing the activities of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (CDK5) and glycogen synthase kinase 3α/β (GSK3α/β) and promoted synaptic dystrophy and neuronal loss. All these effects of VD deficiency may be ascribed to enhanced oxidative stress via the downregulation of superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPx4) and cystine/glutamate exchanger (xCT). Taken together, our data suggest that VD deficiency exacerbates Alzheimer-like pathologies via promoting inflammatory stress, increasing Aβ production and elevating Tau phosphorylation by decreasing antioxidant capacity in the brains of APP/PS1 mice. Hence, rescuing the VD status of AD patients should be taken into consideration during the treatment of AD.

RevDate: 2020-10-30

Veenman L (2020)

Raloxifene as Treatment for Various Types of Brain Injuries and Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Good Start.

International journal of molecular sciences, 21(20):.

Recent studies have shown that the selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) raloxifene had pronounced protective effects against progressing brain damage after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice. These studies, indicating beneficial effects of raloxifene for brain health, prompted the study of the history and present state of knowledge of this topic. It appears that, apart from raloxifene, to date, four nonrelated compounds have shown comparable beneficial effects-fucoidan, pifithrin, SMM-189 (5-dihydroxy-phenyl]-phenyl-methanone), and translocator protein (TSPO) ligands. Raloxifene, however, is ahead of the field, as for more than two decades it has been used in medical practice for various chronic ailments in humans. Thus, apart from different types of animal and cell culture studies, it has also been assessed in various human clinical trials, including assaying its effects on mild cognitive impairments. Regarding cell types, raloxifene protects neurons from cell death, prevents glial activation, ameliorates myelin damage, and maintains health of endothelial cells. At whole central nervous system (CNS) levels, raloxifene ameliorated mild cognitive impairments, as seen in clinical trials, and showed beneficial effects in animal models of Parkinson's disease. Moreover, with stroke and TBI in animal models, raloxifene showed curative effects. Furthermore, raloxifene showed healing effects regarding multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in cell culture. The adverse biological signals typical of these conditions relate to neuronal activity, neurotransmitters and their receptors, plasticity, inflammation, oxidative stress, nitric oxide, calcium homeostasis, cell death, behavioral impairments, etc. Raloxifene favorably modulates these signals toward cell health-on the one hand, by modulating gene expression of the relevant proteins, for example by way of its binding to the cell nuclear estrogen receptors ERα and ERβ (genomic effects) and, on the other hand (nongenomic effects) by modulation of mitochondrial activity, reduction of oxidative stress and programmed cell death, maintaining metabolic balance, degradation of Abeta, and modulation of intracellular cholesterol levels. More specifically regarding Alzheimer's disease, raloxifene may not cure diagnosed Alzheimer's disease. However, the onset of Alzheimer's disease may be delayed or arrested by raloxifene's capability to attenuate mild cognitive impairment. Mild cognitive impairment is a condition that may precede diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. In this review, relatively new insights are addressed regarding the notion that Alzheimer's disease can be caused by bacterial (as well as viral) infections, together with the most recent findings that raloxifene can counteract infections of at least some bacterial and viral strains. Thus, here, an overview of potential treatments of neurodegenerative disease by raloxifene is presented, and attention is paid to subcellular molecular biological pathways that may be involved.

RevDate: 2020-10-22

Kargbo RB (2020)

Selective DYRK1A Inhibitor for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Alzheimer, Parkinson, Huntington, and Down Syndrome.

ACS medicinal chemistry letters, 11(10):1795-1796.

RevDate: 2020-10-22

d'Errico P, M Meyer-Luehmann (2020)

Mechanisms of Pathogenic Tau and Aβ Protein Spreading in Alzheimer's Disease.

Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 12:265.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is pathologically defined by extracellular accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides generated by the cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP), strings of hyperphosphorylated Tau proteins accumulating inside neurons known as neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and neuronal loss. The association between the two hallmarks and cognitive decline has been known since the beginning of the 20th century when the first description of the disease was carried out by Alois Alzheimer. Today, more than 40 million people worldwide are affected by AD that represents the most common cause of dementia and there is still no effective treatment available to cure the disease. In general, the aggregation of Aβ is considered an essential trigger in AD pathogenesis that gives rise to NFTs, neuronal dysfunction and dementia. During the process leading to AD, tau and Aβ first misfold and form aggregates in one brain region, from where they spread to interconnected areas of the brain thereby inducing its gradual morphological and functional deterioration. In this mini-review article, we present an overview of the current literature on the spreading mechanisms of Aβ and tau pathology in AD since a more profound understanding is necessary to design therapeutic approaches aimed at preventing or halting disease progression.

RevDate: 2020-10-22

Maresova P, Hruska J, Klimova B, et al (2020)

Activities of Daily Living and Associated Costs in the Most Widespread Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Systematic Review.

Clinical interventions in aging, 15:1841-1862.

Nowadays, the population is rapidly ageing because of increasing life expectancy and decreasing birth rates. Thus, the purpose of this systematic review is to prepare a comprehensive overview which identifies the activities of daily living (ADLs) that are gradually reduced among patients with dementia, as well as explore the therapies applied in relation to dementia and how they effectively improve the quality of life (QoL) of patients and caregivers. Furthermore, we aim to summarise the ADL activities influenced by therapies and examine the treatment costs and care for patients so that recommendations for research and development (R&D) can be made to improve both the QoL of people with dementia and cost-saving measures. The research focuses on four selected neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer, Parkinson, vascular dementia, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Therefore, the peer-reviewed English written articles from 2014 to 2019 were searched between September 1 and December 13, 2019. Twenty-seven papers were included in the analysis. The results show that essential assistance occurs in connection with activities: eating, drinking, dressing, bathing, personal hygiene, use of the toilet, and transport. By contrast, shopping or cleaning is not addressed as much. A lower ability to take care of oneself is connected with poor patient health and higher social care costs because the patient requires care from external sources, such as home aid or nurse visits. The challenge that remains is to shift new knowledge from scientific disciplines and connect it with the needs of patients to remove legitimate barriers and increase the acceptance of new solutions by popularisation. Additionally, regarding the burden on caregivers, it would be appropriate to promote this area of education and employment so that family members can use formal caregivers, ensuring them free time and much-needed rest.

RevDate: 2020-11-04

Tuan TA, Pham TB, Kim JY, et al (2020)

Alzheimer's diagnosis using deep learning in segmenting and classifying 3D brain MR images.

The International journal of neuroscience [Epub ahead of print].

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Dementia is one of the brain diseases with serious symptoms such as memory loss, and thinking problems. According to the World Alzheimer Report 2016, in the world, there are 47 million people having dementia and it can be 131 million by 2050. There is no standard method to diagnose dementia, and consequently unable to access the treatment effectively. Hence, the computational diagnosis of the disease from brain Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) scans plays an important role in supporting the early diagnosis. Alzheimer's Disease (AD), a common type of Dementia, includes problems related to disorientation, mood swings, not managing self-care, and behavioral issues. In this article, we present a new computational method to diagnosis Alzheimer's disease from 3D brain MR images.

METHODS: An efficient approach to diagnosis Alzheimer's disease from brain MRI scans is proposed comprising two phases: I) segmentation and II) classification, both based on deep learning. After the brain tissues are segmented by a model that combines Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) and Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), a new model combining Extreme Gradient Boosting (XGBoost) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) is used to classify Alzheimer's disease based on the segmented tissues.

RESULTS: We present two evaluations for segmentation and classification. For comparison, the new method was evaluated using the AD-86 and AD-126 datasets leading to Dice 0.96 for segmentation in both datasets and accuracies 0.88, and 0.80 for classification, respectively.

CONCLUSION: Deep learning gives prominent results for segmentation and feature extraction in medical image processing. The combination of XGboost and SVM improves the results obtained.

RevDate: 2021-01-07

Kim D, Yoon HE, Park HS, et al (2021)

Development of donepezil-induced hypokalemia following treatment of cognitive impairment.

Yeungnam University journal of medicine, 38(1):65-69.

Donepezil is a cholinesterase inhibitor used extensively to treat Alzheimer disease. The increased cholinergic activity is associated with adverse effects, therefore gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, are common. Hypokalemia is a rare adverse event that occurs in less than 1% of donepezil-treated patients. Although hypokalemia of mild and moderate grade does not present serious signs and symptoms, severe hypokalemia often results in prolonged hospitalization and mortality. Herein, we report a case of hypokalemia developed after the initiation of donepezil therapy for cognitive impairment.

RevDate: 2020-10-20

Insel PS, Hansson O, N Mattsson-Carlgren (2020)

Association Between Apolipoprotein E ε2 vs ε4, Age, and β-Amyloid in Adults Without Cognitive Impairment.

JAMA neurology [Epub ahead of print].

Importance: Although the most common recent approach in Alzheimer disease drug discovery is to directly target the β-amyloid (Aβ) pathway, the high prevalence of apolipoprotein E ε4 (APOE ε4) in Alzheimer disease and the ease of identifying ε4 carriers make the APOE genotype and its corresponding protein (apoE) an appealing therapeutic target to slow Aβ accumulation.

Objective: To determine whether the ε2 allele is protective against Aβ accumulation in the presence of the ε4 allele and evaluate how age and the APOE genotype are associated with emerging Aβ accumulation and cognitive dysfunction.

This cross-sectional study used screening data from the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer Disease Study (A4 Study) collected from April 2014 to December 2017 and analyzed from November 2019 to July 2020. Of the 6943 participants who were a part of the multicenter clinical trial screening visit, 4432 were adults without cognitive impairment aged 65 to 85 years who completed a fluorine 18-labeled (18F)-florbetapir positron emission tomography scan, had APOE genotype information, and had a Clinical Dementia Rating of 0. Participants who were taking a prescription Alzheimer medication or had a current serious or unstable illness that could interfere with the study were excluded.

Main Outcomes and Measures: Aβ pathology, measured by 18F-florbetapir positron emission tomography and cognition, measured by the Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite.

Results: A total of 4432 participants were included (mean [SD] age, 71.3 [4.7] years; 2634 women [59.4%]), with a mean (SD) of 16.6 (2.8) years of education and 1512 (34.1%) with a positive Aβ level. APOE ε2 was associated with a reduction in both the overall (standardized uptake value ratio [SUVR], ε24, 1.11 [95% CI, 1.08-1.14]; ε34, 1.18 [95% CI, 1.17-1.19]) and the age-dependent level of Aβ in the presence of ε4, with Aβ levels in the APOE ε24 group (n = 115; ε24, 0.005 SUVR increase per year of age) increasing at less than half the rate with respect to increasing age compared with the APOE ε34 group (n = 1295; 0.012 SUVR increase per year of age; P = .04). The association between Aβ and decreasing Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite scores did not differ by APOE genotype, and the reduced performance on the Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite in APOE ε4 carriers compared with noncarriers was completely mediated by Aβ (unadjusted difference in composite scores between ε4 carriers and noncarriers = -0.084, P = .005; after adjusting for 18F-florbetapir = -0.006, P = .85; after adjusting for 18F-florbetapir and cardiovascular scores = -0.009, P = .78).

Conclusions and Relevance: These findings suggest that the protective outcome of carrying an ε2 allele in the presence of an ε4 allele against Aβ accumulation is important for potential treatments that attempt to biochemically mimic the function of the ε2 allele in order to facilitate Aβ clearance in ε4 carriers. Such a treatment strategy is appealing, as ε4 carriers make up approximately two-thirds of patients with Alzheimer disease dementia. This strategy could represent an early treatment option, as many ε4 carriers begin to accumulate Aβ in early middle age.

RevDate: 2020-10-08

Adeowo FY, Ejalonibu MA, Elrashedy AA, et al (2020)

Multi-target approach for Alzheimer's disease treatment: computational biomolecular modeling of cholinesterase enzymes with a novel 4-N-phenylaminoquinoline derivative reveal promising potentials.

Journal of biomolecular structure & dynamics [Epub ahead of print].

The identification of dual inhibitors targeting the active sites of the cholinesterase enzymes, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE), have lately surfaced as a multi-approach towards Alzheimer treatment. More recently, a novel series of 4-N-phenylaminoquinolines was synthesized and evaluated against AChE and BuChE in which one of the compounds displayed appreciable inhibition compared to the standard compound, galantamine. To provide a clearer picture of the inhibition mechanism of this potent compound at the molecular level, computational biomolecular modeling was carried out. The investigation was initiated with the exploration of the chemical properties of the identified compound 11 b and reference drug, galantamine. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal some conceptual parameters that provide information on the stability and reactivity of the compounds as potential inhibitors. To unveil the binding mechanism, energetics and enzyme-ligand interactions, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of six different systems were executed over a period. Calculated binding free energy values are in the same order with experimental IC50 data. Identification of the main residues driving optimum binding of the active compound 11 b to the binding region of both AChE and BuChE showed Trp81 and Trp110 as the most important, respectively. It was proposed that the studied compound could serve as a dual inhibitor for AChE and BuChE, therefore, would potentially be a promising moiety in a multi-target approach for the treatment of Alzheimer's disorder. Communicated by Ramaswamy H. Sarma.

RevDate: 2020-11-19

Lin G, Ji K, Li S, et al (2020)

The Genetics Analysis of Molecular Pathogenesis for Alzheimer&apos;s Disease.

European neurology, 83(5):458-467.

INTRODUCTION: The molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still not clear, and the relationship between gene expression profile for different brain regions has not been studied.

OBJECTIVE: Bioinformatic analysis at the genetic level has become the best way for the pathogenesis research of AD, which can analyze the abovementioned relationship.

METHODS: In this study, the datasets of AD were obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), and Qlucore Omics Explorer (QOE) software was used to screen differentially expressed genes of GSE36980 and GSE9770 and verify gene expression of GSE63060. The Gene Ontology (GO) function enrichment analysis of these selected genes was conducted by Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery (DAVID), and then the gene/protein interaction network was established by STRING to find the related proteins. R language was used for drafting maps and plots.

RESULTS: There were 20 differentially expressed genes related to AD selected from GSE36980 (p = 6.2e-6, q = 2.9422e-4) and GSE9770 (p = 3.3e-4, q = 0.016606). Their expression levels of the AD group were lower than those in the control group and varied among different brain regions. Cellular morphogenesis and establishment or maintenance of cell polarity were enriched, and LRRTM1 and RASAL1 were identified by the integration network. Moreover, the analysis of GSE63060 verified the expression level of LRRTM1 and RASAL1 in Alzheimer's patients, which was much lower than that in normal people aged >65 years.

CONCLUSIONS: The pathogenesis of AD at molecular levels may link to cell membrane structures and signal transduction; hence, a list of 20 genes, including LRRTM1 and RASAL1,potentially are important for the discovery of treatment target or molecular marker of AD.

RevDate: 2020-10-09

Zuo S, Yu J, Pan H, et al (2020)

Novel insights on targeting ferroptosis in cancer therapy.

Biomarker research, 8:50.

Ferroptosis belongs to a novel form of regulated cell death. It is characterized by iron dependence, destruction of intracellular redox balance and non-apoptosis. And cellular structure and molecules level changes also occur abnormally during ferroptosis. It has been proved that ferroptosis exist widespreadly in many diseases, such as heart disease, brain damage or alzheimer disease. At the same time, the role of ferroptosis in cancer cannot be underestimated. More and more indications have told that ferroptosis is becoming a powerful weapon against cancer. In addition, therapies rely on ferroptosis have been applied to the clinic. Therefore, it is necessary to understand this newly discovered form of cell death and its connection with cancer. This review summarizes the mechanism of ferroptosis, ferroptosis inducers based on different targets and inspection methods. At last, we analyzed the relationship between ferroptosis and malignancies, in order to provide a novel theory basis for cancer treatment.

RevDate: 2020-10-07

Visioli F, Rodríguez-Pérez M, Gómez-Torres Ó, et al (2020)

Hydroxytyrosol improves mitochondrial energetics of a cellular model of Alzheimer's disease.

Nutritional neuroscience [Epub ahead of print].

Mitochondrial energetic deficit is one of the hallmarks of neurodegenerative disorders, e.g. Alzheimer´s disease (AD). Adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with lower incidence of cognitive decline and AD and extra virgin olive oil's (poly)phenols such as oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol (HT) are being actively studied in this respect. In this study, we assessed the effects of HT on mitochondrial energetic dysfunction in the 7PA2 cells cellular model, i.e. one of the best cellular models of Aβ toxicity with a well-characterized mitochondrial dysfunction typically observed in AD. We report an increase of new mitochondria at 8 h post HT-treatment, which was followed by higher mitochondrial fusion. Further, ATP concentrations were significantly increased after 24 h of treatment with HT as compared with controls. Our data suggest that HT may revert the energetic deficit of a cellular model of AD by potentiating mitochondrial activity. Because HT is being proposed as dietary supplement or component of functional foods, future studies in appropriate animal models and - eventually - humans are warranted to further investigate its potential neuroprotective actions in AD.

RevDate: 2020-11-03

Roda AR, Esquerda-Canals G, Martí-Clúa J, et al (2020)

Cognitive Impairment in the 3xTg-AD Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease is Affected by Aβ-ImmunoTherapy and Cognitive Stimulation.

Pharmaceutics, 12(10):.

Clinical symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) include behavioral alterations and cognitive impairment. These functional phenotypes early occur in triple-transgenic (3xTg-AD) mice. Specifically, behavioral alterations are first detected when mice are at around 2.5 months old and cognitive impairment in between 3- and 5-month-old mice. In this work, the effect of chronic Aβ-immunotherapy on behavioral and cognitive abilities was tested by monthly administering the antibody fragment scFv-h3D6 to 3xTg-AD female mice from 5 to 9 months of age. An untreated group was used as a reference, as well as to attain some information on the effect of training during the longitudinal study. Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)-like symptoms were already evident in 5-month-old mice, in the form of neophobia and anxious-like behavior. The exploratory activity decreased over the longitudinal study, not only for 3xTgAD mice but also for the corresponding non-transgenic mice (NTg). Learning abilities of 3xTg-AD mice were not seriously compromised but an impairment in long-term spatial memory was evident at 5 months of age. Interestingly, scFv-h3D6-treatment affected the cognitive impairment displayed by 5-month-old 3xTg-AD mice. It is worth noting that training also reduced cognitive impairment of 3xTg-AD mice over the longitudinal study, suggesting that to properly quantify the isolated therapeutic potential of any drug on cognition using this model it is convenient to perform a prompt, age-matched study rather than a longitudinal study. In addition, a combination of both training and Aβ-immunotherapy could constitute a possible approach to treat Alzheimer's disease.

RevDate: 2020-10-06

Potshangbam AM, Nandeibam A, Amom T, et al (2020)

An in silico approach to identify potential medicinal plants for treating Alzheimer disease: a case study with acetylcholinesterase.

Journal of biomolecular structure & dynamics [Epub ahead of print].

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurological disorder affecting an estimated 10 million people worldwide. There is no cure for AD, and only a handful of drugs are known to provide some relief of the symptoms. The prescription drug donepezil has been widely used to treat to slow the progression and onset of the disease; however, the unpleasant side effects have paved the way to find alternative medicines. Many herbs are known to improve brain function, but evidence of medicinal plants that can treat AD is limited due to the lack of concrete rational evidences. Moreover, the traditional method of randomly screening plant extract against AD targets takes time and resources. In this study, a receptor-based in silico method has been implemented which serves to accelerate the process of identification of medicinal plants useful for treatment of AD. A database of natural compounds was compiled to identify hits against acetylcholinesterase (AChE). Receptor-based pharmacophore screening was performed, and selected hits were subjected to docking and molecular dynamics simulations. Molecular Mechanics/Generalized Born surface area (MM/GBSA) calculations were carried out to identify the best scoring hits further. In vitro assays were done for the plant extracts containing the top-scoring hits against AChE. Three plant extracts showed favorable inhibitory activity. Communicated by Ramaswamy H. Sarma.

RevDate: 2020-10-26
CmpDate: 2020-10-26

Hsieh WT, Lefort-Besnard J, Yang HC, et al (2020)

Behavior Score-Embedded Brain Encoder Network for Improved Classification of Alzheimer Disease Using Resting State fMRI.

Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual International Conference, 2020:5486-5489.

The ability to accurately detect onset of dementia is important in the treatment of the disease. Clinically, the diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease (AD) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) patients are based on an integrated assessment of psychological tests and brain imaging such as positron emission tomography (PET) and anatomical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this work using two different datasets, we propose a behavior score-embedded encoder network (BSEN) that integrates regularly adminstrated psychological tests information into the encoding procedure of representing subject's resting-state fMRI data for automatic classification tasks. BSEN is based on a 3D convolutional autoencoder structure with contrastive loss jointly optimized using behavior scores from Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR). Our proposed classification framework of using BSEN achieved an overall recognition accuracy of 59.44% (3-class classification: AD, MCI and Healthy Control), and we further extracted the most discriminative regions between healthy control (HC) and AD patients.

RevDate: 2020-12-30

Cleveland ML (2020)

Preserving Cognition, Preventing Dementia.

Clinics in geriatric medicine, 36(4):585-599.

Dementia incidence continues to rise in the United States and around the world. Although age is the single biggest risk factor for the development of dementia, it is not considered normal sequelae of aging. Although there has been little to no progress made in the past couple of decades in the treatment or cure of Alzheimer disease, there has been significant progress made in prevention. Single factors, such as hearing loss or cardiovascular risk factors, may increase the risk for cognitive decline. The opportunity to mitigate these risk factors provides an exciting new healthy aging approach to dementia prevention.

RevDate: 2020-12-21

Biskup E, Martinkova J, MT Ferretti (2020)

Gender medicine: Towards a gender-specific treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Handbook of clinical neurology, 175:437-448.

Sex and gender are increasingly recognized as major influencing factors in disorders across all medical specialties. Even though there is ample evidence of sex and gender differences in neuropsychiatric disorders, a sex and gender-differentiated approach has not yet been sufficiently applied to diagnostics and management. Therefore, there is an urgent need to establish general recommendations and guidelines toward precision and sex/gender medicine, with regard to dosage, tolerability, interactions and side effects, sensitivity of diagnostic tests, and distinct treatment strategies. This chapter illustrates the current knowledge about sex and gender aspects in neuropsychiatric disorders, providing a base not only to assist the clinician in the handling of specific pathologic entities, but also to sensitize medical practitioners to consider sex and gender in clinical decision-making. As such, the chapter is a call to action to physicians and researchers to produce more sex- and gender-stratified evidence, leading to an acceleration of guideline development. Such novel guidelines will provide a base for medical education, of both medical students and specialists, as well as a reference point for practitioners, toward precision medicine.

RevDate: 2021-01-10

Dalakas MC, Alexopoulos H, PJ Spaeth (2020)

Complement in neurological disorders and emerging complement-targeted therapeutics.

Nature reviews. Neurology, 16(11):601-617.

The complement system consists of a network of plasma and membrane proteins that modulate tissue homeostasis and contribute to immune surveillance by interacting with the innate and adaptive immune systems. Dysregulation, impairment or inadvertent activation of complement components contribute to the pathogenesis of some autoimmune neurological disorders and could even contribute to neurodegenerative diseases. In this Review, we summarize current knowledge about the main functions of the complement pathways and the involvement of complement in neurological disorders. We describe the complex network of complement proteins that target muscle, the neuromuscular junction, peripheral nerves, the spinal cord or the brain and discuss the autoimmune mechanisms of complement-mediated myopathies, myasthenia, peripheral neuropathies, neuromyelitis and other CNS disorders. We also consider the emerging role of complement in some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and even schizophrenia. Finally, we provide an overview of the latest complement-targeted immunotherapies including monoclonal antibodies, fusion proteins and peptidomimetics that have been approved, that are undergoing phase I-III clinical trials or that show promise for the treatment of neurological conditions that respond poorly to existing immunotherapies.

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Robbins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in the life sciences. He served as a tenured faculty member in the Zoology and Biological Science departments at Michigan State University. He is currently exploring the intersection between genomics, microbial ecology, and biodiversity — an area that promises to transform our understanding of the biosphere.

Educator

Robbins has extensive experience in college-level education: At MSU he taught introductory biology, genetics, and population genetics. At JHU, he was an instructor for a special course on biological database design. At FHCRC, he team-taught a graduate-level course on the history of genetics. At Bellevue College he taught medical informatics.

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Robbins has been involved in science administration at both the federal and the institutional levels. At NSF he was a program officer for database activities in the life sciences, at DOE he was a program officer for information infrastructure in the human genome project. At the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, he served as a vice president for fifteen years.

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Robbins has been involved with information technology since writing his first Fortran program as a college student. At NSF he was the first program officer for database activities in the life sciences. At JHU he held an appointment in the CS department and served as director of the informatics core for the Genome Data Base. At the FHCRC he was VP for Information Technology.

Publisher

While still at Michigan State, Robbins started his first publishing venture, founding a small company that addressed the short-run publishing needs of instructors in very large undergraduate classes. For more than 20 years, Robbins has been operating The Electronic Scholarly Publishing Project, a web site dedicated to the digital publishing of critical works in science, especially classical genetics.

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Robbins is well-known for his speaking abilities and is often called upon to provide keynote or plenary addresses at international meetings. For example, in July, 2012, he gave a well-received keynote address at the Global Biodiversity Informatics Congress, sponsored by GBIF and held in Copenhagen. The slides from that talk can be seen HERE.

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Robbins is a skilled meeting facilitator. He prefers a participatory approach, with part of the meeting involving dynamic breakout groups, created by the participants in real time: (1) individuals propose breakout groups; (2) everyone signs up for one (or more) groups; (3) the groups with the most interested parties then meet, with reports from each group presented and discussed in a subsequent plenary session.

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Robbins has been engaged with photography and design since the 1960s, when he worked for a professional photography laboratory. He now prefers digital photography and tools for their precision and reproducibility. He designed his first web site more than 20 years ago and he personally designed and implemented this web site. He engages in graphic design as a hobby.

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